Gloucester County Voters Head to the Polls in Senate, Congressional Primaries Tuesday

The first step in the process to fill the Congressional seat left vacant by Rob Andrews takes place Tuesday.

Following Rob Andrews' resignation in February, voters in the First Congressional District finally head to the polls to resolve the primary battles and gear up for the general election on Tuesday, June 3.

Congressman Rob Andrews resigned amid an ethics investigation in February to take a position with Dilworth Paxson. Since then, the district, made up of parts of Camden, Burlington and Gloucester counties, has had no representative in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, voters take a step toward resolving the issue in the Democratic and Republican primaries. The seat will remain vacant until the Nov. 4 elections, when voters will decide not only who fills the seat immediately in a special election, but also who will fill the full two-year term.

Andrews's seat was set to expire at the end of the year, meaning the next full term begins in January.

Three candidates are pursuing the Democratic nomination, including:

* Donald Norcross, a State Senator and brother of prominent South Jersey Democrat George Norcross;

* Logan Mayor Frank Minor; amd

* Frank Broomell Jr., a veteran of the Afghan War from Winslow Township.

Four candidates are pursuing the Republican nomination, including:

* former professional football player Garry Cobb, of Cherry Hill;

* Claire Gustafson, a former Collingswood School Board Member;

* realtor Jerry McManus; and

* Navy veteran and repairman Lee Lucas.

The full term of the U.S. Senate seat Cory Booker won in a special election against Republican Steve Lonegan last year will be decided this year.

Booker is the only Democrat running in Tuesday's primary.

Jeff Bell, Brian Goldberg, Rich Pezullo and Murray Sabrin compete for the Republican nomination in November’s election.

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

For a list of polling locations in Gloucester County, click here.


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