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

Alexander wins Atlantic Democratic convention to take on Van Drew

Tavarez drops out and endorses Alexander

By David Wildstein, March 20 2022 4:23 pm

Civil Rights lawyer Tim Alexander has become the clear frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to take on Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district after winning the Democratic organization line in Atlantic County.

Alexander crushed former Egg Harbor Township police officer Hector Tavarez by a vote of 143 to 42, at the 47th annual Democratic county convention today.

Newcomer Carolyn Rush, an engineer, received 20 votes.   No votes were cast for Rev. Curtis Green, a pastor and U.S. Army veteran.

Tavarez, a former police officer, announced his exit from the race and his endorsement of Alexander quickly after the vote totals had been announced.

He had mounted a strong bid for the line in Atlantic County and had scored an endorsement from Sheriff Eric Scheffler.  Scheffler had been a key backer in Amy Kennedy’s bid for the Atlantic Democratic line two years ago.

Alexander has already won the organization line in Ocean County.

The 2nd district also Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties, and part of Gloucester.   More of Ocean County was added during the recent congressional redistricting process and the 2nd district no longer has any portions of Burlington or Camden.

Alexander, a Galloway resident, served in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office as a detective running the criminal investigation section.  He later went to law school and became an Assistant Philadelphia District Attorney. Alexander worked in the civil rights division of the Philadelphia Solicitor’s Office before joining a South Jersey law firm.

“It is such an honor to have my name on the ballot under the slogan of the Atlantic County Democratic Organization. I do not take this vote of confidence lightly, and will continue to put in the hard work necessary to win in both June and November,” Alexander said.  “I am so thankful for, and inspired by, the support building behind my campaign, and I look forward to working together with everyone to defeat Van Drew and provide real representation for the 2nd congressional district.”

Van Drew won an open House seat in 2018 as a Democrat after serving 17 years in the state legislature.  After refusing to support the impeachment of Donald Trump, Van Drew switched parties and was re-elected as a Republican in 2019.  He was re-elected as a Republican in 2020.

In Atlantic County, Alexander had the endorsements of former Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield), County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick, and Kennedy, the daughter-in-law of the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy.

This story was updated at 4:27 PM, 4:31 PM. and 8:58 PM. 

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