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Sussex County Commissioner Herb Yardley, center, with his dog, Baxter. (Photo: Sussex County Board of Commissioners).

Three Republicans file for Sussex County commissioner seat

By David Wildstein, March 27 2023 6:27 pm

There is a three-way fight for Sussex County commissioner in the June Republican primary, where incumbent Herbert Yardley (R-Stillwater) is seeking re-election to a third term.

Yardley will face Nicholas D’Agostino, the Sussex-Wantage Regional Board of Education president and a Republican state committeeman, and Jack DeGroot, a 24-year-old farmer and graduate student.

The backdrop of the race is a race for two open State Assembly seats in the 24th district.

Sussex County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia and Chester Mayor Mike Inganamort are running against Lafayette Board of Education President Josh Aikens and Warren County Commissioner Jason Sarnoski.

Damaris Lira is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.  She ran for county commissioner in 2022 and lost.    Democrats have not won a countywide election in Sussex since 1999.

A former Stillwater mayor and firefighter, Yardley spent nearly four decades as a public health official in several municipalities.  He was elected county commissioner in 2017 and re-elected in 2020.

D’Agostino had briefly sought the Republican nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 5th district against Rep. Josh Gottheimer (R-Wyckoff) in 2020, and the GOP nomination for Sussex County Commissioner in 2021.  He dropped out of both races.

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