In Essex County, few candidates vie for Freeholder Seats

Essex County residents may go to the polls Tuesday to vote, but many races have already been decided. The only contested freeholder race is the at large Democratic contest, where five candidates are vying for four seats. Incumbents Gerald Owens and Blonnie Watson are not seeking re-election. Three of their colleagues, Patricia Seabold, Rufus Johnson and Brendan Gill have been endorsed by the county party along with newcomer Lebby Jones, a member of the Irvington council. "It’s a slate of individuals that embraces the diversity of the county," said LeRoy Jones, chairman of the Essex County Democratic party.

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Brendan Gill Freeholder