The 8th District encompasses 20 communities in Atlantic, Burlington, and Camden counties: Berlin Borough, Eastampton, Evesham, Hainesport, Hammonton, Lumberton, Mansfield, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Holly, Pemberton Borough, Pemberton Township, Pine Hill, Pine Valley, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield, Waterford, Westampton and Woodland.
A majority of those registered are not affiliated with a party. Those who have chosen a party affiliation skew the district slightly Democratic — 28 percent, versus 25 percent Republican. However, voting patterns are decidedly tilted toward the GOP.
Christopher J. Brown, one of the two Republican incumbents, is not seeking re-election, leaving Assemblywoman Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, a dental hygienist from Marlton, to run with Joe Howarth, also of Marlton.
Their victory seems all but certain as no Democrats filed petitions to run.