Gilmore, 72, was convicted and sentenced in early 2020 to serve one year and one day in prison over tax and loan fraud charges. He appealed the decision, but it was upheld. In January 2021, Gilmore was pardoned by President Trump, who pardoned or commuted the sentences of 143 individuals the night before he exited the presidency.
Currently, the Ocean County Republican Party is headed by Frank Holman.
In January of this year, TLS reported that Holman would not be seeking reelection, and Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy would be vying for the seat.
It was the assumption that Mastronardy would be unchallenged for the seat, including no run by Gilmore.
However, TLS has now learned Gilmore would be announcing his run as early as this Monday.
Should Mastronardy win, he would serve as both Sheriff and GOP Chairman.