Firefighter Nick Polito, of Hammonton, and Absecon Councilman Steve Light have announced their candidacies for the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

They will seek Democratic Party nominations Sunday at the 44th annual Atlantic County Democratic Convention at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.

The seats of Republicans Richard Dase, who represents the 4th District, and Amy Gatto, who serves as freeholder chairwoman, are up for election this year.

Freeholder Ernest Coursey, a Democrat who represents the 1st District, also is running again.

Polito, a 30-year employee of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, is running for at-large freeholder, representing all 23 municipalities in the county; while Light is running in the 4th District, which represents Absecon, Brigantine, Galloway Township and Port Republic.

“I’m running for freeholder because all corners of the county should share in economic development, investment and the opportunity for high-paying jobs,” said Polito.

Polito has been a volunteer firefighter for 23 years. He has served in the Galloway Township and Hammonton fire departments, as well as the Atlantic County Firefighters Association. He also is a licensed Realtor with Weichert Realtors in Atlantic City.

Polito has lived in Hammonton for 12 years and previously served on the Hammonton Zoning Board and the Hammonton Green Committee. He and his wife, Erica, have two children, A.J. and Gabriella.

Light has worked for Calvi Electric for 20 years and lived in Absecon since 1990, he said.

“Whether as a member of the Brigantine Beach Patrol, the electrical workers union or the Knights of Columbus, I’ve always recognized that it takes people of all different backgrounds coming together to make a difference,” said Light. “My goal is to bring residents from all over the 4th District together to improve the quality of life for everyone in Atlantic County.”

Light has been a member of both the Brigantine and Atlantic City beach patrols and has worked as a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351 for 35 years.

He volunteers with the Knights of Columbus, the Holy Spirit Father’s Club, Field of Dreams, Walshy’s Warriors, Assumption Regional Parents Group, and the Absecon sports teams.

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