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Former Bridgewater Police Chief Manny Caravela. (Photo: Bridgwater Rotary Club).

Monmouth Dem sheriff candidate may be off ballot for not meeting residency requirement

Caravela will withdraw from race, Democrats must run write-in campaign to find Golden opponent

By David Wildstein, April 11 2022 12:01 am

Monmouth County Democrats may have lost their candidate for sheriff after Manuel Caravela was disqualified for failing to meet a statutory residency requirement. 

Caravela, a former Bridgewater police chief,  became a casualty of a little-known state law that requires candidates for sheriff to have lived in the county for three years before their election.    He is withdrawing from the race and Democrats will need to mount a write-in campaign to nominate a candidate to take on the incumbent, Shaun Golden, in the general election.

County Clerk Christine Hanlon is reviewing Caravela’s petitions after an attorney representing Golden, John Lane, challenged Caravela’s eligibility.

Lane produced records showing that Caravela voted in Branchburg in November 2018 and June 2019 and In Bridgewater in November 2020. 

“The icing on the cake is the fact that Caravela  — who claims he now resides in what is believed to be his summer home in Manasquan  — did not even register to vote in Monmouth county until October 22,2021,  less than six months ago,” Lane said.  “These events are proof positive that Caravela does not meet the three-year residency requirement to run for the office of sheriff.”

Passaic County Democrats are challenging GOP sheriff candidate Troy Oswald’s candidacy, alleging that he lived in Morris County until he moved to Clifton earlier this year.  Oswald, the former Paterson police chief, did not dispute the claims.  Passaic County Clerk Danielle Ireland-Imhof has not yet issued a ruling.

Golden faces former Monmouth County Commissioner Gary Rich in the Republican primary.

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