Freeholder races are contested in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Ocean counties. These officials are responsible for county roads, bridges, jails, economic development and other functions.
In Atlantic County, two candidates are vying for an at-large seat on the freeholder board — Egg Harbor Township resident Brenda Brathwaite, a Democrat, and Hamilton Township resident Amy Gatto, a Republican.
Galloway Township residents Republican incumbent Richard Dase and Democrat Steve Stokes are running for freeholder for District 4, which includes Galloway, Port Republic, Absecon and Brigantine.
Voters in Cape May County will choose among four candidates to fill two seats.
Incumbent Republicans Gerald Thornton, of Middle Township, and E. Marie Hayes, of Ocean City, face off against Democratic challengers Daniel Kurkowski, of Lower Township, and John Amenhauser, of Upper Township.
The Cumberland County election could affect political control of the freeholder board. Democrats hold a 4-3 majority, and two board seats are being contested.
Democrats Darlene Barber, an incumbent from Upper Deerfield Township, and Jack Surrency, of Bridgeton, are running against Republicans Tom Sheppard, an incumbent from Lawrence Township, and Joseph V. Sparacio, of Deerfield Township.
In Ocean County, five candidates are running for two freeholder seats. They are Republican incumbents John P. “Jack” Kelly and Virginia “Ginny” Haines, Democrats Ed Wolff and Michael B. Cooke and independent candidate John J. Novak.