Republican Michael Mastronardy will seek a fourth term as the Ocean County Sheriff, with County Commissioners Jack Kelly and Virginia Haines also running for re-election.
Mastronardy was elected sheriff in 2013 to succeed William Polhemus, who died just six weeks after he was re-elected to his 10th term.
“It has been a true honor to serve the people of Ocean County as Sheriff,” said Mastronardy, a former Toms River police chief. “I look forward to continuing the good work of this dedicated department and working with the Ocean County Board of Commissioners to institutionalize long term public safety plans for Ocean County.”
In 2019, Mastronardy defeated Democrat Gene Davis with 70% of the vote.
Kelly was first elected in 1992 when he and James Lacey ousted the last two Democrats to win countywide office in Ocean, Paul Brush and Mark Troncone. They won by about 15,000 votes. Since then, Kelly has been re-elected nine times.
Haines, a former assemblywoman and state lottery director, won a special election convention to succeed Lacey on the Ocean County Board of Freeholders in 2016.
The filing deadline to compete for the Ocean GOP organization line is Friday.