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Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp. (Photo: Wyatt Earp).

Wyatt Earp re-elected Ocean County Democratic chairman

By David Wildstein, June 29 2022 9:38 pm

Ocean County Democratic Chairman Wyatt Earp turned back a challenge from former Toms River Councilman Terrance Turnbach on Thursday, winning re-election by a vote of 260 to 204, a 56-vote margin (56%-44%).

Earp won the machine vote, 168 to 156, and carried the remote vote, 92 to 48.

“Hopefully this served to energize the party and now we can all come together,” Turnbach told the New Jersey Globe.  “There was energy in the room and people saw there need to be some changes.  In that regard, the campaign was a success.”

In the race for vice chair, Earp’s running mate, Emma Mammano defeated Tara Kownacki, 276 to 186.   The incumbent, Kathy Russell, did not seek re-election.

The rest of Earp’s slate was also successful.  Dan Ward won, 275 to 187, against Sharon Greenberg for recording secretary, Kathleen Frisch was elected corresponding secretary by a 271 to 190 vote over Jennifer Hubert, and Nick Montenegro won the race for treasurer against Cyndi Sabatelli by a vote of 269 to 191.

Earp, an international representative of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the president of the Monmouth-Ocean Central Labor Council, has been county chairman since 2005 following the resignation of Fred Potter.

Turnbach filed a lawsuit last week seeking to ban remote voting, saying it was non consistent with the party by-laws.  But Superior Court Judge Craig Wellerson permitted Democrats to move forward with online voting for tonight’s election.

In Mercer County, Janice Mironov, the mayor of East Windsor, was re-elected county chair without opposition.

Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story reported that the outgoing vice chair was Marta Harrison.  It was Kathy Russell.

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