Vowing to end total Democratic control of the Gloucester County Freeholder Board, the local GOP today announced their freeholder candidates for two open seats.
Former freeholder candidates Larry Wallace, who ran as a Republican in 2008 and lost the primary to run again last year, will be joined by Vincent Nestore, a teacher and soccer coach at Delsea Regional High School who has never run for elected office before.
“I’m not a professional politician, nor do I ever want to be one,” said Nestore in a written statement. “I’m running because government at every level in our country is broken. After years of higher taxes, more spending and ethical embarrassments by our so-called leaders, I could no longer stand on the sidelines without taking action.”
Incumbent Democratic freeholders Joseph Brigandi and Jean DuBois were up for reelection this year, but opted not to run again. Democrats have not announced who will replace them on the ticket.
Although Gloucester County has trended Democratic in recent years, last year it went for Republican Gov. Christopher Christie over former Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine.
The race for freeholder takes on added significance because the state’s most powerful elected Democrat, Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford), is chairman of the board.