Ocean County Commissioner Gary Quinn and former Little Egg Harbor Mayor Bobbi Jo Crea defeated former Brick Councilman Michael Thulen Sr. and Kenneth Seda Tuesday.
The victors went into the race with the support of the Ocean County Republican Committee and a favorable ballot position on the Ocean County line.
Thulen ran on the “Ocean County Republican” slate, while Seda, a Toms River resident and brother of former Jackson Mayor Mark Seda, ran on the “Republican: Rebuilding Ocean County” slate.
Neither of the two challengers bracketed with any candidate. They appeared in column E on the ballot, separated from the party-endorsed candidates by three columns of empty space.
Crea will fill six-term County Commissioner Gerry Little’s seat. Little did not seek re-election this year, creating a rare vacancy on the solidly Republican body.
She beat Berkeley Township Councilman John Bacchione for a spot on the Ocean GOP line in March. Bacchione was former Ocean County Republican Chairman George Gilmore’s pick to replace Little and did not run after losing the line contest.
County Commissioner Jack Kelly was unopposed in his bid to fill the GOP State Committee seat left vacant by the death of former Toms River Mayor Thomas Kelaher, who died in February at the age of 88.