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Joshua Hertzberg in 2018 with his running mate for Sussex County Freeholder, Dawn Fantasia. (Photo: Facebook.)

Two candidate seeking Sussex County Commissioner vacancy

Hertzberg gave up seat to return to Sparta Township Council

By David Wildstein, January 08 2021 6:10 pm

Sussex County Republicans plan to hold a special election convention later this month to replace Joshua Hertzberg, who gave up his county commissioner post to become a Sparta councilman.

So far, two Republicans are seeking to replace Hertzberg: Frankford Township Committeeman Christopher Carney and former Lafayette Mayor Carl “Bud” Luthman.

The winner of the special election will fill the remaining eleven months of Hertzberg’s term, and possible seek a full term in 2021.

Carney, 43, was first elected to the township committee in 2017 and was mayor of Frankford in 2020.  He is a member of Operating Engineers Local 825.

A decorated Vietnam helicopter pilot, Luthman, 77, was among the first amputees to return to active military duty.  He was first elected to local office in 1989 and served nine years in municipal government.

Hertzberg was first elected councilman in 2014 and became mayor in 2018.  He gave up his seat that year to team up with Franklin Council President Dawn Fantasia to take on incumbent freeholders Jonathan Rose and Carl Lazarro in the GOP primary.

Fantasia was the top vote-getter with 6,511, followed by Hertzberg with 4,957.  Lazzaro received 3,911 votes, and Rose finished fourth with 3,855.

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