The Ocean County Screening Committee is recruiting candidates to run for office in Congressional District CD-04, Sheriff, and Commissioner. See what local offices are seeking Democratic candidates. What do these positions do?

The 2022 Screening and Recruitment Committee is searching for Ocean County residents that are interested in running for County Commissioner (formerly Freeholder) and Sheriff. Additionally, there are several positions open for residents who want to run for municipal level office. Those who are interested should email [email protected]


County Commissioner: Commissioners are part of the five member Board of Commissioners who are elected at-large throughout the county’s 33 municipalities. Each Commissioner serves as a chairperson over an area of county government divided into the categories of: Finances and Parks and Recreation, Public Works and County Operations, Transportation and Senior Services, Human Services, Law and Public Safety, Administration, and Environmental Resources.


Sheriff: The Sheriff’s office is dedicated to working with law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff serves as a civil servant who manages the county’s relationship to law enforcement.


Municipal Races - Mayor: The following candidacies for mayor are currently vacant. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in running in your local mayor election. The following towns are recruiting Democratic candidates for mayor. 

  • Barnegat Light
  • Eagleswood
  • Island Heights (nonpartisan)
  • Jackson (nonpartisan)
  • Manchester (nonpartisan)
  • Mantoloking
  • Plumsted
  • Point Pleasant Borough
  • Ship Bottom
  • South Toms River
  • Tuckerton
  • Ocean - Waretown

Town Council and Committee. If you are looking to take an active role in politics at a local level, running for town council is a perfect position for you. In the general election, each town will elect either 1 or 2 new council/committee members who will maintain power over municipal resources. If you are interested in running or have questions about running, contact us at [email protected].

Available Council Candidacies (number of seats indicated)

  • Barnegat Light (2) 
  • Bay Head (2)
  • Beach Haven, nonpartisan (2)
  • Beachwood (2)
  • Island Heights, nonpartisan (2)
  • Jackson, nonpartisan (2)
  • Lakehurst (2)
  • Lavallette (2)
  • Ship Bottom (2)
  • South Toms River (2)
  • Manchester (2)
  • Mantoloking (2)
  • Ocean Gate (2)
  • Pine Beach (2)
  • Plumstead (1)
  • Point Pleasant Borough (2)
  • Point Pleasant Beach (2)
  • Seaside Heights (2) 
  • Seaside Park (2)
  • Surf City (2)
  • Tuckerton (2)

Available Township Committee

  • Barnegat (1)
  • Lacey (2)
  • Lakewood (1)
  • Little Egg Harbor (1)