Tim Alexander, a former prosecutor seeking a Democratic nomination in New Jersey, backed Amy Kennedy, a former teacher and mental health advocate who ran a strong race to oust MP Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) after he exchanged parties in 2020.
“As a young man, Tim experienced racial profiling when he was accused of a crime he did not commit, which put him on a lifelong struggle to eliminate broken systems,” said Kennedy, the daughter-in-law of the deceased. Senator Ted Kennedy.
“As a longtime resident of South Jersey, Tim knows what difficulties we face firsthand, and I know he uses his time in Congress to make real decisions.”
Kennedy’s approval comes when Alexander is looking for a democratic line of organization for Atlantic County at their March 20 convention.
Former member of the school council of Eg-Harbor Hector Tavares is Alexander’s main rival. It was approved by Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler.
Two other candidates are also running: Rev. Curtis Green, a minister, college professor and U.S. Army veteran; and newcomer Carolyn Rush.
“Amy Kennedy worked for many years for the people of South Jersey, first as an educator and then as an advocate and advocate for the vital issues of education, mental health and their intersection,” Alexander said. “She knows firsthand what it takes to run a campaign in the area, so I’m so proud to be supported in my own company.”
Van Drew was first elected to Congress as a Democrat in 2018 – he won the convention of the Atlantic County Democratic Party with 47% – but changed the party in December 2019 after refusing to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
He defeated Kennedy, the wife of former MP Patrick Kennedy (D-Rhode Island), with 52% in 2020.
The change of district in Congress has made Van Drew County more favorable to Republicans.