It’s official: Lacey Township Committeeman Gary Quinn (R – Forked River) has been chosen by the Ocean County GOP to replace John Bartlett as their freeholder candidate.

Mr. Quinn, a local real estate developer and owner of Lacey’s Eastport Builders / Realty (re-branded as United Real Estate) praised the departing Freeholder John Bartlett, a longtime staple of the all-Republican Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the longest serving county freeholder in the state.

Bartlett chose to end his reelection campaign amid declining health, giving the Lacey elected official and Pinelands Commission board member the opportunity to have a second bite at the apple for county freeholder – after previously losing out to Freeholder Virgina “Ginny” Haines when the last vacancy was filled by county Republican leaders.

The political composition of the freeholder board of which Quinn seeks to join is not unlike the current Lacey Township Committee seat that he has held, occasionally occupying the mayor’s seat over the years.

RELATED: Listen to a discussion on the This Week in Ocean County podcast about Quinn and the freeholder race.

The other unsuccessful freeholder hopefuls, according to Jersey Shore Online, included:

  • Barnegat Committeeman John Novak
  • Stafford Councilwoman Sharon McKenna
  • Pine Beach Mayor Lawrence Cuneo
  • STR Mayor Oscar Cradle
  • Berkeley Councilman James Byrnes
  • Gus Kakavas of Toms River
  • Jackson Councilman Rob Nixon
  • Plumsted Mayor Jack Trotta

Quinn praised Freeholder Bartlett’s record on the freeholder board and received praise from other Republicans attending the Ocean County GOP county committee meeting, according to the report.

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