There is some speculation that the leading candidate to replace Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean) in the ninth district State Assembly seat is DiAnne Gove, a Long Beach Commissioner and former Mayor. Van Pelt resigned on Friday, a little more than a week after he was arrested on federal corruption charges. There is really only one voter in this race: Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore. Gilmore will need to call a special election convention sometime between August 7 and September 4. The timing is not critical; the new legislator is not likely to get sworn in before the Assembly goes back into session after the November election.
Gove was mentioned as a possible Assembly candidate in 2007, when Van Pelt received the endorsement of the Ocean County Republican organization for an open seat.