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Monmouth County Democratic sheriff candidate Larry Luttrell. (Photo: Larry Luttrell).

Write-in candidate wins Democratic primary for Monmouth sheriff

Luttrell gets enough votes to be on general election ballot after original candidate withdrew

By David Wildstein, June 16 2022 2:27 pm

Larry Luttrell has captured enough write-in votes to win the Democratic nomination for Monmouth County Sheriff and will take on GOP incumbent Shaun Golden in the general election.

Luttrell has received 932 votes out of 1,385 write-ins cast in the June 7 primary election, although that number can change slightly after Monmouth County counts provisional ballots.

Democrats were left without a candidate when Manuel Caravela withdrew after failing to meet statutory residency requirements.

A former Bridgewater police chief,  Caravela 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.  Records provided by John Lane, an attorney representing Golden, showed that Caravela voted in Branchburg in November 2018 and June 2019 and In Bridgewater in November 2020.

Luttrell lost races for county commissioner in 2014 and 2018, and for local office in Holmdel in 2012 and 2017.

Golden, the Monmouth County GOP chairman, won a landslide victory on the Republican primary.  He defeated Gary Rich, a former county commissioner, by a 2-1 margin.

In the Democratic sheriff primary, 103 write-in votes were cast during three days of early voting and 497 through vote-by-mail ballots.

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