Lakewood Primary on Tuesday Selects Candidates for Township Board


Voters in Lakewood get to decide in Tuesday’s primary which candidates will represent them in November’s general election for the township committee.

There are two seats on the ballot, and eight men seeking the Democratic and Republican lines.

Ray Coles, Lakewood’s current mayor, is seeking reelection on the Democratic line. Others candidates are Moshe Raitzik and political newcomer David Gruman.

For the GOP, five candidates are vying for the party nod. Incumbent committeeman Michael D’Elia is seeking a second term. Also on the ballot are Michael Berman, a member of the township school board, and political newcomers Aaron Hirsch, Avraham Sharaby and Yosef Travis.

The Vaad of Lakewood issued their endorsements a weeks ago. On the Republican side they are backing incumbent Mike D’Elia and Michael Berman. In the Democratic primary they are supporting Ray Coles and Moshe Raitzik.

In the New Jersey’s governor’s race, the Vaad is supporting Kim Guadagno, the current lieutenant governor

Guadagno, they said in a release, “is no stranger to Lakewood. She has visited our mosdos, participated in our economic development and shares our kehillah’s family values. She is warm and accessible, a true friend.”

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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