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Former Salem County Freeholder Beth Timberma

Timberman easily wins Dem primary for Salem County Clerk

Will face Republican Dale Cross for open seat

By David Wildstein, June 05 2019 12:49 am

Two former freeholders will face off for Salem County Clerk in November.

Beth Timberman easily won the Democratic primary, defeating Ryan Padilla by 821 votes — a 67%-33% margin.

Timberman spent twelve years as a freeholder before stepping down in 2015.  Her late father, Ben Timberman, was a freeholder for 24 years.

She will face Dale Cross, who served with her on the Salem County Board of Freeholders for seven years.

Cross was unopposed in the GOP primary.

Republican Gilda Gill is not seeking re-election to a fifth term.

Gill served as a municipal clerk before winning a freeholder seat in 1997.  She was elected county clerk in 1999 and re-elected three times.  In 2014, she defeated Democrat Ceil Smith, the former publisher of Today’s Sunbeam, a daily newspaper that is now part of the South Jersey Times, with 59% of the vote.

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