March 11, 2018
For Immediate Press Release
Salem County, NJ…..Salem County Republican Committee held their annual convention for the selection of candidates for the 2018 June Primary on Saturday. The room was full of supportive County Republicans ready to make some tough decisions.
The first vote of the morning was to fill the unexpired term of Salem County GOP Chairperson, vacated by the resignation of Fran Grenier of Woodstown. Linda DuBois, Pittsgrove, who had been serving as Salem County GOP Vice-chairman, was unanimously voted to serve as Salem County GOP Chairman until June 2019. The unexpired term of vice-chairman was then filled unanimously by Linwood Donelson of Lower Alloway Creek until June 2019.
Sheriff Chuck Miller will once again be our outstanding candidate for reelection to Salem County Sheriff. Chuck has served the people of Salem County soundly and efficiently. He has worked hard to help reduce costs of the Office of Sheriff through many innovative projects and initiatives. We look forward to having Chuck continuing to serve residents of Salem County!
Our Freeholder race has two positions open this year. We have voted to endorse incumbent Ben Laury who has served the residents of Salem County for 9 years on the Freeholder Board. He is owner of Ben’s ProServ, a local business. Ben serves Elmer Methodist Church as finance chair. Ben is an Eagle Scout and is still active with Scouting. He is known for his being available to listen to needs of his constituents. Ben is a lifelong resident of Elmer. He and his wife Kathy have two children and four grandchildren. Ben hopes to continue to serve the County residents while working to keep Salem County moving forward in a fiscally efficient manner.
The second Freeholder candidate position was voted to be filled by Dr. Gordon “Mickey” Ostrum, Jr. Mickey has lived in Salem County most of his life. He is an “OB/GYN” Dr., but also remains active in agriculture, raising cattle and grain with his son Jake. He serves as unofficial medical officer at Cowtown Rodeo. Mickey has a strong sense of community and obligation to serve the residents of Salem County. Mickey is the father of four children.
A United Sates Senate seat for New Jersey is up for election this year. The Salem County GOP has selected to support Bob Hugin of Union County. As a former Marine, Bob is strong on national defense and is committed to securing our borders. Bob supports fair trade. As a business leader, he was an early opponent of the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”. Bob helped build a company that created thousands of good paying jobs in New Jersey. As an avid fisherman, Bob respects the environment and opposes drilling for oil off the Jersey shore. Bob is strongly committed to his community and “not-for-profit” work. Bob and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three adult children.
Congressman Frank LoBiondo announced in November of 2017 that he would not seek reelection to his longtime District #2 seat. Salem County GOP voted their support behind James Toto of Somers Point. James is serving his second term on Somers Point Council. James, an honorably discharged Army veteran, a disabled veteran himself, has worked vigorously to expand programs for vets whether disabled or assimilating back to post active duty life with a focus on health care accessibility. Toto has also served in the United States Air Marshall Service, as a project manager for an aviation consulting firm doing construction and is now Ocean City Supervisor in the Public Works Department. James has a strong philosophy to serve the constituents of Congressional District #2.
The Salem County Republican Committee Convention heard from very impressive candidates for each of the offices that will be on the ballot in June! It was refreshing to witness strong compassion for the Republican mission. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for everyone who attended to make this a productive event!!
Linda A. DuBois, Chairwoman
Salem County Republican Committee
PO Box 192, Elmer, NJ 08318