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Voters to cast ballots in primary election

GOP candidates clamoring to earn party’s nomination

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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2018 9:46 am

Registered voters will have an opportunity to select candidates for the 2nd Congressional District and U.S. Senate races in the primary election Tuesday, June 5.

Primary winners will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election.


U.S. House, Second 

Congressional District 


In 2017, Republican Frank LoBiondo announced he would not seek re-election, igniting a race for his seat. Republicans in the district face a contentious primary, which began with seven candidates and narrowed to four. Somers Point Councilman James Toto, attorney John Zarych and engineer Brian Fitzherbert bowed out of the race, leaving Sam Fiocchi, Seth Grossman, Hirsh Singh and Robert Turkavage to duke it out for the nomination. 

Fiocchi is a retired businessman from Vineland who served on the Vineland Zoning Board from 2009 to 2011, the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2011 to 2013 and the state Assembly representing District 1 from 2014 to 2016. 

Fiocchi supports strengthening national borders and supports President Donald Trump’s stance on limiting legal immigration. He told the Sentinel if elected, he would fight for federal beach replenishment dollars. Fiocchi also opposes oil drilling off the Atlantic coast. He won the endorsement of the Cape May County Republican organization. 

Seth Grossman, of Atlantic City, is a Somers Point-based attorney and one of the founders of Liberty and Prosperity, a local group advocating conservative political principles. From 1986 to 1990, Grossman served as Atlantic City councilman. He was elected to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 1988 and served for three years. Grossman’s four main issues during his campaign are enforcing immigration laws and reducing immigration to sustainable levels, repealing the existing mandates from the Affordable Care Act that increase health insurance costs, advocating for the Second Amendment and letting President Donald Trump “do his job” by rejecting “fake impeachment charges,” obstruction or “resistance.” 

Hirsh Singh, a Linwood resident and engineer, is the senior director of operations of Hi-Tech Systems in Egg Harbor Township. He previously ran for governor in 2017, losing the GOP primary to then-Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. He supports the Second Amendment, concealed/carry legislation and reciprocity for legal gun owners. Singh supports more economic investment in southern New Jersey. He suggested cutting the income tax and bringing more manufacturing jobs into the district. Singh opposes sanctuary cities for undocumented immigrants and favors controlled legal immigration. 

Singh won the endorsement of Republican leadership in four of the district’s eight counties: Atlantic, Burlington, Camden and Ocean. 

Robert Turkavage, of Brigantine, is a retired special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, having worked there for 32 years. Turkavage later worked as vice president with JPMorgan Chase Bank, assigned to the Fraud Prevention Unit. 

According to his website, Turkavage supports strengthening Social Security for both workers and retirees to preserve it for the future. He also pledged to lower premiums so younger Americans could return to the health insurance pool instead of opting out. Turkavage supports a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which, according to his website, would “restore fiscal discipline” in Congress.

Turkavage won the endorsement of the Cumberland County Republican organization.  


U.S. Senate


Incumbent Democrat Sen. Robert Menendez, is running is running for re-election to a six-year seat representing New Jersey. Republican Senate primary candidates include Bob Hugin and Brian Goldberg.

Goldberg, of West Orange, is a construction company executive who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from UCLA in 1995. According to Goldberg’s website, he supports rebranding the GOP as “Growth Opportunity Prosperity” to help grow membership. On the issues, he supports strong national defense, defunding Planned Parenthood and school choice, and is a National Rifle Association (NRA) member who supports the Second Amendment. 

Hugin is the executive chair of Celgene Corp., an international biopharmaceutical company. He supports New Jersey getting more federal investment in the state, including infrastructure, education, health care and beach replenishment. Hugin promised to eliminate the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions and make individual tax cuts permanent. According to Hugin’s website, he supports modernizing the state’s infrastructure, which would aid the economy and make roads, bridges and tunnels safer. 

Locally, Hugin received endorsements from Republican organizations throughout the district.

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