Pohatcong Mayor James Kern will seek the Republican nomination for Warren County Freeholder.
The incumbent, Ed Smith, announced this week that he would not seek re-election.
The 29-year-old Kern was elected to the Pohatcong Township Council in 2010, defeating two incumbents while still finishing his senior year at Rutgers. He was elected Mayor in 2011, and was re-elected in 2015 with 88% of the vote. He also serves as the treasurer of the Warren County Republican Committee.