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Candidates declare intentions to run for public office in Hazlet

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HAZLET — Three Democrats and three Republicans are seeking three available terms on the Township Committee in Hazlet.

The terms currently held by Republican committeemen Robert Preston and Michael Glackin will end on Dec. 31.

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Glackin, who has been a member of the governing body since 2017 and is serving as deputy mayor in 2022, is not seeking re-election.

According to the Monmouth County Clerk’s Office, Preston and James Cavuto are the Republican candidates seeking the two available three-year terms.

Preston and Cavuto will be unopposed in the June 7 primary election as they seek their party’s nomination to earn their places on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Preston was appointed to the Township Committee this year to complete a term that was set to expire on Dec. 31. He filed a nominating petition to run for office in 2022 prior to his appointment as a member of the governing body.

Before joining the Township Committee, Preston served on the Hazlet Township Board of Fire Commissioners.

Cavuto, who is making his first bid for Township Committee, is a rescue captain with the Hazlet Township First Aid and Rescue Squad.

The Democratic candidates who are seeking the two available three-year terms on the Township Committee are Kevin Lavan and David Personette.

Lavan and Personette will be unopposed in the June 7 primary election as they seek their party’s nomination to earn their places on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Lavan is a former member of the Township Committee, serving from 2006-09. He ran for a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011.

Personette ran for a seat on the Township Committee in 2021. He is a teacher at John Dewey High School in Brooklyn, N.Y., and a program director for OneGoal.

The candidates seeking a two-year unexpired term on the Township Committee are incumbent Republican Committeeman Peter Terranova and Democrat Lucille LoSapio.

Neither candidate will be opposed in the June 7 primary election as they seek to have their names placed on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Terranova was appointed to the Township Committee this year to complete the first year of a term that will have two years remaining (Jan. 1, 2023 through Dec. 31, 2024). He worked as a technical analyst for an investment banking firm on Wall Street for 35 years.

LoSapio previously ran for Township Committee in 2019. She has resided in Hazlet since 1985.

Any qualified Hazlet resident who wants to run for a seat on the Township Committee as an independent candidate has until June 7 to file a nominating position to secure a position on the Nov. 8 ballot. Independent candidates do not run in a primary election.

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