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Cape May County Commissioner candidate Andy Bulakowski. (Photo: Andy Bulakowski).

Cape May GOP taps Bulakowski for county commissioner

Labor leader will replace Thornton

By David Wildstein, March 14 2022 10:50 pm

Cape May County Republicans picked Andy Bulakowski,  a county planning board member and a senior representative of the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, to run for county commissioner.

Bulakowski will replace Gerald Thornton, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election after 39 years in county government.

Commissioner Marie Hayes also won party support to run for re-election, along with Surrogate Dean Marcolongo. 

All three ran unopposed at the GOP convention this evening, along with Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis), who is seeking re-election to a third term in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Thornton was first elected to the Cape May Board of Freeholders in 1975 and served twelve years before making an unsuccessful run for the State Assembly.  He returned in 1995 and was re-elected eight times. 

Democrats have not won a countywide election in Cape May since Van Drew won a freeholder seat in 2000.

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