The Toms River Democratic party has endorsed attorney Jonathan Z. Petro as their candidate for mayor.
Petro, a co-managing partner at the law firm of Carluccio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle & Sacks in Toms River, will seek to replace three-term Republican Thomas Kelaher, who has declined to seek re-election.
On the Republican side, former Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato received the Republican endorsement, although councilman Daniel Rodrick, who was elected to the council as a Democrat in 2017 before switching parties, has announced that he will challenge Coronato in the June primary.
Democrats on Thursday also selected their candidates to run for the three open at-large council seats.
The party announced its support for Board of Education member and former principal Michele Williams; Karin K. Sage, an attorney at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. in Woodbridge; and Drew Boyle, a math teacher in the Brick public school system.
At-large council members can live in any part of the town and represent the entire town, as opposed to ward candidates which have to be from a specific area of town.
The Republican candidates for the three at-large seats will be Christian Momm, John Meehan, and Board of Education member Ginny Rhine.