Longtime Ocean County Sheriff Faces Two Challengers In Bid For Tenth Term

84-year-old William L. Polhemus will run against Democrat Robert Armstrong and independent William McMenamin

Ocean County Sheriff will have to fend off two challengers in the race for the three-year term as the county's top law enforcement official.

Polhemus, 84, received 20,409 votes or 99.4 percent of Republican votes cast in yesterday's primary. There were also 121 write-ins, according to the Ocean County Clerk's Office.

He will go up against Democrat and independent John McMenamin in the November election.

Armstrong, 68, received 7,655 votes, or 99.6 percent of Democratic votes cast. There were also 24 write-in votes. He has more than 40 years in law enforcement.

He has served as a Special Agent with U.S. Army Intelligence, the FBI and the U.S. Treasury. He retired as a Lt. Colonel with the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations after 32 years of service. He also served as a state investigator/detective with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice and as a special agent with the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation.

McMenamin, Surf City, is a former Stafford Township mayor. He is running under the slogan "Call of Duty."

Polhemus has served as Ocean County Sheriff since 1986. Prior to that, he was police chief of the Seaside Heights Police Department and served 35 years in the department.

Out of Ocean County's 370,754 total registered voters, 33,685, or 9.09 percent, went to the polls yesterday, according to the clerk's office.

Ocean County has a total of 103,797 registered Republican voters. of that amount, 24,925 or 24 percent voted in Tuesday's primary.

Ocean County has 73,474 registered Democratic voters. Of that amount, 8,760, or 11.92 percent, went to the polls yesterday.

Wall Fly in TR June 08, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Polhemus will win, he will be declared insane and Mastronardi will be Sheriff. He'll bring Boyd & Hutler in as his Undersheriff's and it will be the best Sheriff's Department in the state in his first term. It's all about the CRHS connection; just ask GG.
tr June 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Republican incumbents in Ocean County, NJ are always re-elected, no matter what!!! Remember a few years ago when the Republican Surrogate was re-elected after he had passed away!!!! I wondered if the family was probably sworn to secrecy until after the election? If so, how sad that must have been for them. Two party politics in action, again in Ocean County,NJ. Time to shake the tree and go INDEPENDANT, no matter who the candidate is.
Sophie Sie August 02, 2012 at 10:38 AM
STOP Ocean County Court Corruption VOTE For George "BOB" Armstrong for the sheriff's term in November. I am the victim of fraud, lies, Judicial brutality, bullying, frame-ups, and the corruption of Ocean County Court with respect to the very complicated “ Happy City” litigation incidents which were contaminated with classical Asian Market Gangsters’ game: to frame an innocent party for the purpose of achieving political or economical gain. The Republican in Ocean County is doing business with the Swindlers to assist Valent Ramatjandra INC to fraud and steal from TAXpayers. The Judges in Ocean County Court Support Fraud, confidence games, and (Pratiwi) Valent Ramatjansra INC’s International economical criminal gangsters’ business practice in New Jersey to harm licensed good small business owners to advance their political influence. DON'T Vote Polhemus!!! Joe Vicari and William Polhemus support the swindlers, Chang Nein Ho, Pratiwi Ramatjandra, and Enna Chin’s Fraud in New Jersey to steal from Taxpayers. STOP Ocean County Court Corruption Vote For George "Bob" Armstrong by Sophie KuangHua Sie, 908 528 1182
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 08, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Tired of the status quo? Unwilling to surrender to the two Georges? (Gilmore and Norcross?) I am running with (Independent) Democratic-Republicans Scott Neuman and Tracy Caprioni for the seat that is open to election on November 6th for the NJ Third Congressional District. We have joined together to restore the application of the Constitution - the WHOLE Constitution, and to seek out, expose, and excise any local, county, State, and National corruption we can find. Our proposal, the "Change the Rules" Pledge, offers a solution to campaign finance reform that circumvents the Supreme Court decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Board. I would welcome the opportunity to speak with the people of your community. Less than a month remains. "Stand for what's right, or settle for what's left" - Frederick John LaVergne, "Democratic-Republican" for Congress, NJ District Three.
kemosabe October 08, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Don't we have term or age limits for these positions?


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