Your handy breakdown of the state, county, local, and school board races for Election Day 2018, plus polling place finders, sample ballots and more.
By Matt Skoufalos | November 5, 2018
After last fall’s gubernatorial contest, the biggest question New Jersey voters face in the 2018 elections is who will represent them at the national level.
Twelve of the state’s U.S. Congressional seats are up for grabs statewide, as is one of its two U.S. Senate seats. The outcome of these races will help determine the complexion of both national legislative bodies.
Locally, voters will elect three Camden County freeholders and a sheriff. Of the municipal elections, only those in Audubon Park, Haddon Heights, and Pennsauken will be contested on the ballot. There are also a handful of contested school board elections.
Voters will also decide on a bond issue that would borrow up to a half-billion dollars to improve school facilities, including security measures, lead poisoning prevention, and improving the capacities of county vocational and technical schools.
Read on for information about who’s on the ballot in your district, where to find your polling place, and a link to sample ballots.
U.S. Senate Race
New Jersey’s U.S. Senate race has been a closely contested campaign among the top-polling candidates since the primary season ended.
Third-party candidates for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate seat include Hank Schroeder, running under the slogan “Economic Growth,” Natalie Lynn Rivera, running under the slogan “For the People,” and Madelyn Hoffman of the Green Party.
U.S. Congressional Race
At the top of the ticket for New Jersey’s First U.S. Congressional District, incumbent Camden County Democrat Donald Norcross faces Republican Paul E. Dilks of Washington Township, a mortgage banker and former AM radio personality.
Camden County Freeholder Race
Three seats are up for grabs on the county freeholder board.
Incumbents Jeff Nash, Susan Shin Angulo, and Bill Moen on the Democratic ticket will square off against Republicans Keith Cybulski, Vincent Squire, and Claire Gustafson.
Camden County Sheriff Race
Incumbent Democrat Whip Wilson will face Republican challenger Joseph Adolf.
Local Municipal Races
In Audubon Park, incumbent Republican Mayor Larry Pennock faces Democratic challenger Lisa Capilli.
Haddon Heights Republicans Jennifer Moore and David Mosko face Democrats Scott Schreiber and Christopher Morgan for two open seats on the local council.
In Pennsauken, Democrats Jessica Rafeh and Marco Di Battista face Republicans Sabrina Winkler and Lisa Eckel for two open seats on the township committee.
Absent challengers on the Republican ticket, Merchantville’s incumbent Democratic Mayor Ted Brennan likely will retain his office, as will Democratic Oaklyn council members Greg Brandley and Chris Walters.
Likewise, Merchantville Democrat Maria Nina Scarpa led all vote-getters in the primary, including incumbent Democratic Council President Daniel Sperrazza; both are unopposed on the ballot.
School Board Races
The Audubon Board of Education has two balloted candidates for three available seats.
Incumbent board vice-president Allison Cox and board member Jim Blumenstein are running for re-election.
The Cherry Hill Board of Education has 11 candidates for three available seats.
Incumbent board president J. Barry Dickinson is seeking re-election on a ticket with fellow incumbents Ken Tomlinson and Kathy Judge under the slogan, “Experience Vision Responsible.”
Their eight challengers include:
- Benjamin A. Shore
- Rosy Arroyo – “Empowering Community Voice”
- Sally Tong – “Accountability Collaboration Transparency”
- Laurie Neary – “Accountability Collaboration Transparency”
- David Rossi – “Accountability Collaboration Transparency”
- Sanjay Sharma – “Kids Education First”
- Brunia L. Pilet – “Kids Education First”
- Fredrick Dande – “Kids Education First”
Only one incumbent appears on the ballot for the Collingswood Board of Education, and that’s Regan Kaiden.
Kaiden is bracketed with challengers Christine Sheridan Celia and Mary Saverino under the slogan “Equity Engagement Experience.”
Unbracketed challengers Danie Moss-Velasco and Wiliam Johnson, who appears under the slogan “Children and Community,” round out the field.
Only two incumbent Haddon Township Board of Education members will sit for re-election this fall: James Lex and Allison Rodman.
Outgoing president Robert Brown will not appear on the ballot, which features only two candidates for three open seats.
Four candidates are running for three open seats on the Haddonfield Board of Education this fall.
Incumbent president Adam Sangillo and vice-president Susan Kutner are seeking re-election, but Glenn Moramarco, whose term expires this year, is not.
Challengers Satwick Seshasai and Roosevelt “Justin” Benford will join Sangillo and Kutner in vying for three open seats.
Three incumbents will seek re-election to the Haddon Heights Board of Education this fall: board president Kimberley Stuart and board members Trish Sheilds and Tina Gentile.
Sheilds and Smith appear under the slogan “Responsible Leadership.
They face challengers David Roeber, David Clapper, and Melissa Shannon.
Incumbent Merchantville Board of Education president Eliot Honigfeld and incumbent board member Marc Carcanague will sit for re-election this fall.
No other candidate will appear on the ballot for the body’s third, open seat.
Incumbent Oaklyn Board of Education members Denise Buczko, Matthew Hale, and Therese Marmion will face no balloted challengers for their seats this fall.
There are no contested seats on the Pennsauken Board of Education this year.
Scroll down for links to your local sample ballot and a list of polling places, which are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide on Tuesday, November 5. After you vote, check back with NJ Pen for the results as they come in.
- Not sure which is your polling place? Use this finder to search by address.
- Not sure if you’re registered to vote? This tool can help you determine if you’re ready to head to the booth.
- If there is a polling place problem, or you have any questions, call the Board of Elections at 856-401-8683.
- Are you a first-time voter? Here’s a video from the League of Women voters about what to expect.
Local Polling Place Finder and Sample Ballots
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