Ex-Dem Freeholders run as Independents

The race for Cumberland County Freeholder got a little more interesting on Thursday with the announcement that two former Democratic Freeholders, Jane Christy and Jennifer Lookabaugh Swift, will run as Independents in the fall Freeholder contest. They will oppose incumbents Louis Magazzu, and Nelson Thompson. This is part of an intra-party feud with Magazzu, the Democratic County Chairman. The 7-0 Democratic Freeholder board had been split in recent years between the pro-Magazzu and anti-Magazzu camps.

The candidacies of two well-known Democrats running as Independents potentially open the door to a Republican victory. But then again, it's not certain that Christy and Swift backers voted for Magazzu in 2006 either.

Ex-Dem Freeholders run as Independents