Salem Republicans to pick candidates tonight

Salem County Republicans will hold their convention tonight, where they’re expected to pick heating engineer Benjamin Laury and professor Stacy Jennings to run for freeholder in a year when control of the board is at stake.

Salem County Republican Chairman Paul Reed said that the two are not expected to face any opposition at the convention. Laury ran and narrowly lost last year, while Jennings is a political newcomer.

If they proceed unchallenged and win the Republican nomination, Laury and Jennings will face off against incumbents Beth Timberman and James Hogan.

Republicans in Salem bucked last year’s electoral trend by gaining a seat on the board, which is now made up of five Democrats and two Republicans. Both Laury and Jennings would have to win to gain control of the board.

The Republicans are also expected to re-nominate County Clerk Gilda Gill and Sheriff Chuck Miller. Democrats last weekend picked Lower Alloways Creek resident Diane Wood to run for clerk, and former Pennsville Police Chief Pastrick McCaffery, Sr. for sheriff.

Salem Republicans to pick candidates tonight