February 10, 2021
By Rick Mellerup
Very little Egg Harbor Township Committeewoman Barbara “Bobbi Jo” Crea conquer out a dozen competitors to receive the endorsement of the Ocean County Republican Screening Committee on Saturday in a bid to swap retiring Ocean County Commissioner Gerry P. Minor.
Crea, 72, is also a former LEH mayor and the municipal chair of the Very little Egg Harbor Republican Club.
She might experience a challenger on March 10 at the Ocean County Republican Organization’s conference, or possibly a major opponent in June. There is a electrical power wrestle inside the Ocean County GOP in between county chair Frank B. Hollman and ex-chair George Gilmore. Hollman backs Crea Gilmore supports Berkeley Township Councilman John Bacchione.
Other candidates searching for Little’s spot on the 5-person Ocean County Commission, formerly identified as the Board of Selected Freeholders, contain Pine Seaside Mayor Lawrence Cuneo, Lacey Township Mayor Peter Curatolo, Ocean Township Board of Education member Shawn Denning, former Brick school board candidate Victor Finamore, Surf Town Real estate agent Lisa Hodgson-Henson, Jackson Council President Andrew Kern, previous Stafford Township Council President Sharon McKenna, former Point Nice Seashore Mayor Stephen Reid, previous Brick Councilman Michael Thulen, Island Heights Councilman Rolf Weber and previous Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Rory Wells.
If Crea were to be elected, she would be only the third woman in the historical past of the county to earn a countywide election.
Crea would maintain the common 3-2, north-south breakdown on the Ocean County Fee, becoming a member of John “Jack” P. Kelly of Eagleswood to depict Southern Ocean County. But it is looking as if Lengthy Seaside Island will not have a seat for the initially time because 1936. —R.M.