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Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Golden, Monmouth commissioners win renomination against off-the-line slate

Crispi, Mehta ran with set of commissioner and sheriff candidates

By George Christopher, June 07 2022 11:18 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, the Republican county chairman, has defeated former Freeholder Gary Rich Sr.

Golden’s running mates, incumbent County Commissioners Tom Arnone and Nick DiRocco, also won renomination against Englishtown Councilman Daniel Francisco and Steven Rich, who is Gary Rich’s son.

Francisco and the Riches ran under the America First Republicans slogan with Mike Crispi and Rik Mehta, two off-the-line congressional candidates for the 4th and 6th districts, respectively. The elder Rich was a freeholder until 2017, when he was dropped from the line; he also briefly ran for Senate in 2020.

Golden will likely face Democrat Larry Luttrell in the general election as he seeks his third three-year term. Luttrell mounted a write-in campaign in the Democratic primary after no Democrats filed to run; write-in votes won’t be counted for a little while.

Arnone and DiRocco will take on Democratic candidates Kristal Dias and Bonnie Kass-Viola, who were unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dias previously mounted an unsuccessful bid for Howell Council in 2018.

The county board of commissioners currently has a 5-0 Republican majority, and Republicans control every countywide office.

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