Tim Alexander, who is seeking a Democratic nomination to run for Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd constituency, has received approval from Atlantic County Commissioner Karen Fitzpatrick and former MP Vince Maceo -Northfield).
The approvals appear ahead of the Atlantic County Democratic Party convention on March 20th.
“Tim’s journey has always been based on public service, from racial youth and those arrested for crimes he did not commit, to joining law enforcement himself to try to change the system from within,” Fitzpatyk and Maceo said in a joint statement. “Eventually he left law enforcement to focus on the civil rights trial. This journey taught him to analyze problems and work out practical, effective solutions.
Alexander, a former detective and prosecutor, is increasingly seen as a favorite by Democrats, but former Eg Harbor school board member Hector Tavares has received some support, including approval from Atlantic County Sheriff Eric Scheffler.
Former Assembly member John Armata (D-Buena), who in the past published joint support with Mazzeo, was not in a press release today.
Two other candidates are also running: Rev. Curtis Green, a minister, college professor and U.S. Army veteran; and newcomer Carolyn Rush.
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 Democrat Amy 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.
“As a longtime resident of Atlantic County, I have seen first-hand the example they set. Vince and Karen have repeatedly shown themselves to be true champions for the people of South Jersey, ”said Alexander. “I intend to follow this example in DC as your congressman. For me, their vote of confidence means a lot that my campaign will defeat the incumbent president and bring real representation to our district. “