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Democratic congressional candidate Tim Alexander. (Photo: Tim Alexander).

Alexander picks up PAC endorsement in bid to unseat Van Drew

By David Wildstein, December 14 2021 11:40 am

The Collective PAC, which sees to grow Black representation in government, has endorsed Tim Alexander for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

Alexander, a civil rights attorney and former detective and prosecutor, is challenging Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

“Representation in Congress matters and with the growing support for our campaign I know we can defeat Rep. Jeff Van Drew and deliver the good paying jobs, better schools, and economic opportunities that we all deserve in South Jersey,” Alexander said.

But it’s not clear how impactful the endorsement is.  The PAC had about $150,000 cash-on-hand after their third quarter report, plus another $20,000 in a super PAC, and endorsed nine congressional candidates on Tuesday.

Alexander is one of two Black candidates taking on Van Drew.  Rev. Curtis Green, a U.S. Army Reserve veteran, college professor, teacher and small business owner, is also a candidate.

Kevin Olasanoye, the PAC political and organizing director, praised Alexander’s ability to “bring a new perspective and fresh ideas to Congress.”

“A commitment to public service is one of the most important qualities a candidate should possess as they campaign to represent their districts in Washington, and Tim Alexander has this quality,” said Olasanoye, who served briefly as the executive director of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee before the party brought in Saily Avelenda in 2020.

Alexander has emerged as the leading candidate to take on Van Drew, who was elected as a Democrat in 2018 and switched parties in 2019.  In addition to Green, he faces two other opponents for the Democratic nomination: Hector Tavarez, a former Egg Harbor Township school board member and former police officer; and political newcomer Carolyn Rush, an engineer.

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