NJ Pen Voter Guide: 2022 General Election

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Your handy breakdown of the national, county, and local races for Tuesday’s general elections, with sample ballots, polling place finders, and more.

By Matt Skoufalos | November 8, 2022

On Tuesday, voters across America will head to the polls to select their representatives at every level of government, from local school boards all the way up to the legislators on Capitol Hill.

New Jersey polling places are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide on Tuesday, November 8. After you vote, come back and check with NJ Pen for the results as they come in.

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What’s at Stake

In this election, New Jersey voters will select the candidates who will represent them in national, county, and local government offices, as well as on local school boards.

The most prominent of these races are the U.S. Congressional midterms.

Camden County voters will also select candidates for two seats on the Board of County Commissioners.

Only a handful of communities in our coverage area—Audubon Park, Haddon Heights, Merchantville, Oaklyn, and Pennsauken—feature local government races, and only one of these is contested on the ballot.

U.S. Congressionial Race

Atop the ticket Tuesday is the race to determine which candidate from New Jersey’s First U.S. Congressional District will join the U.S. House of Representatives this fall.

Incumbent Donald Norcross of Camden City is defending his seat against perennial Republican challenger Claire Gustafson, a clothing distributor from Collingswood, as well as independent candidates Patricia Kline, an adjunct business professor from Washington Township; U.S. Army veteran Allen J. Cannon of Titusville; and Libertarian Isaiah Fletcher, a water treatment plant operator from Cherry Hill.

Camden County Commissioners Race

Two seats are up for grabs on the Camden County Board of Commissioners this year.

Incumbent Democrats Edward McDonnell of Pennsauken and Virginia Ruiz-Betteridge of Runnemede face challenges from Republicans Ian Gill, an EMT, and Joe Miller, a mortgage loan processor, both of Audubon.

Local Races

In Audubon Park, Republican incumbent mayor Lawrence Pennock faces no balloted opposition, and neither do incumbent Democrats Gloria A. Jones and Thomas Goebel.

In Haddon Heights, Democratic incumbents Tom Ottoson and Matthew Pagan face no balloted opposition for two seats on the local government council; neither has any Republican filed a petition seeking office.

In Merchantville, incumbent Democratic Mayor Ted Brennan faces no balloted opposition, and neither do incumbent Democratic Councilman Anthony Perno and council president Raymond Woods.

In Oaklyn, incumbent Democratic Council member Vincenzo Angelucci and challenger Chad Jordan face no balloted opposition.

In Pennsauken, incumbent Deputy Mayor Nicole Roberts faces independent challenger Elizabeth LaVine.

Board of Education Races

In Audubon, incumbent school board members Ammie Davis and Tara Sullivan-Butrica will defend their positions against challengers Mark Gatti and Stephen Wilson, while incumbent Loretta Cassidy faces no challengers for her unexpired term. Read our candidate profiles here.

In Cherry Hill, sitting Board of Education President Benjamin Ovadia is running against challenger Kimberly Gallagher to fill the unexpired term of Kim Friddell. Gina Winters, who was appointed to replace Friddell in August, is seeking a three-year seat on the body, as are incumbent Joel Mayer and challengers Renee Cherfane, Cathy DiCampli, Nicholas GaudioAdam Greenbaum, Suni Reed, and Jennifer Sharman, who are vying for three additional, open seats. Read our candidate profiles here.

In Collingswood, challengers Kevin Carey, Kelly MaiaMeghan Mikulski, and Kate Seltzer are competing for three open seats on the local Board of Education. Read our candidate profiles here.

In Haddonfield, newcomers Mark Cartella and Mike Nuckols are vying to fill an unexpired term on the local school board, while incumbents Gregory Esemplare, Jaime Grookett, and Linda Hochgertel face no balloted opponents to their candidacies. Read our candidate profiles here.

In Haddon Heights, incumbent Board of Education members Stacey Augustine and Lisa Long will defend their positions against challengers Raymond Clark and Monica Schrank. Read our candidate profiles here.

In Haddon Township, incumbents Renee Billingsley, Chris Cook, and Marie Dezii will seek to defend their seats on the Board of Education against challengers A.J. O’Malley and Kristyn Souder. Read our candidate profiles here.

In Oaklyn, incumbent school board members William Stauts and Todd Schaefer face no balloted opposition for their candidacies. Three seats are open on the local Board of Education.

In Merchantville, although three seats on the local body are up for grabs, incumbent Board of Education member Amanda Aaron is the only candidate to appear on the ballot.

In Pennsauken, incumbent Board of Education president Nicholas Perry and Vice-President Jo Ann Young will defend their seats. They are joined on the ballot by challenger Osvaldo Alves, III in seeking three available seats on the governing body.

Ballot Question

In Cherry Hill, voters will decide whether to establish a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) energy program under which the municipal government will purchase renewable electricity from third-party suppliers at discounted bulk rates. Also known as Government Energy Aggregation programs, such arrangements offer the possibility of financial savings and clean energy generation, with opportunities for individual residents to opt in or out of them.

Voter Information

 

Sample Ballots

Audubon

Audubon Sample Ballot

Audubon Park

Audubon Park Sample Ballot

Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill Sample Ballot

Collingswood

Collingswood Sample Ballot

Haddon Heights

Haddon Heights Sample Ballot

Haddonfield

Haddonfield Sample Ballot

Haddon Township

Haddon Township Sample Ballot

Merchantville

Merchantville Sample Ballot

Oaklyn

Oaklyn Sample Ballot

Pennsauken

Pennsauken Sample Ballot

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