Primary day in NJ features nominations for state Assembly

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TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Voters go to the polls Tuesday in the annual primary election, with nominations in the entire 80-seat General Assembly up for grabs. There are 40 districts with two seats available in each.

Locally, four districts present voters with a choice. 

The most competitive is the 8th District covering parts of Camden, Burlington and Atlantic counties, where there are four Republicans and three Democrats on the ballot.

Incumbent Republicans Joe Howarth and Ryan Peters are facing challenges from former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield and attorney Jason Huf. Democrats have a choice between attorneys Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale and retired chemical engineer Johnny Bravo.

In Gloucester County’s 3rd District, incumbent Democrats John Burzichelli and Adam Taliaferro are opposed by John Kalnas in his third attempt for public office.

In the Fifth district in Camden County, where Patricia Egan Jones is retiring, fellow incumbent William Spearman is running with Bill Moen, an aide to U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. Also on the Democratic ballot is Theodore Johnson, Jr.

In the 6th District, which crosses Camden and Burlington counties, there is a four way race on the Democratic ticket with incumbents Lou Greenwald and Pamela Lampitt opposed by Rutgers University -Camden law professor Danie Moss-Velasco and E. Julian Jordan III, a senior at Drexel University.

In the 3rd, 5th and 6th districts, Republicans are running a pair of candidates and are unopposed for nomination.

Further down the ballot, there are races for an open Freeholder seat in Burlington County and two in Camden and Gloucester counties. A half-dozen Democrats in Camden County are seeking nomination.

There are also slots on the November ballot open for mayor in several municipalities, with the only primary contest in Cherry Hill, where Democrats will select between Camden County Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo and public school teacher Susan Druckenbrod. There is an unopposed Republican.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.