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Salem County Republican candidates in 2019, left to right: Dale Cross, who was elected county clerk; Scott Griscom, who was re-elected freeholder; and Ed Ramsay, who narrowly lost a freeholder bid.

Salem GOP picks Ramsay for second shot at freeholder seat

Patrick will face Burke in race for surrogate

By David Wildstein, March 08 2020 5:20 pm

Republican Edward Ramsay will get a second shot at becoming a Salem County freeholder, winning the organization line today to challenge incumbent Charles Hassler in the general election.

Ramsay lost to Democratic incumbent Lee Ware in 2019 by 787 votes.

In that race, Republican incumbent Scott Griscom was the top vote-getter, and Republicans held the county clerk post with Dale Cross defeating Beth Timberman by a 49%-45% margin.

This is not a control election.  The GOP has had a GOP majority since 2018, when they ousted party-switching freeholder Melissa DeCastro.

DeCastro, elected as a Republican in 2015, switched parties in December 2017, flipping control of the freeholder board from 3-2 Republican to 3-2 Democrat.

Hassler unseated Republican incumbent Bob Vanderslice in 2017.

The GOP picked Bethann Patrick, the wife of Mannington deputy mayor Luke Patrick, to run for Salem County Surrogate against three-term Democratic incumbent Nicki Burke.

Burke was elected surrogate in 2000 following the retirement of Democrat Geneva Wood.

Ramsay and Patrick were unopposed the Salem GOP convention.

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