Atlantic County Freeholder Ashley Bennett will enter the race for the Democratic nomination for Congress on Friday morning.
“While we must address the betrayal of the hard working people of NJ CD 2 who voted in good faith to put Congressman Jeff Van Drew in office, actually watching him cast a no vote during the Impeachment Vote tonight was the final insult to the proverbial injury,” Bennett said in a statement released this evening.
Bennett will become the second announced candidate to take on Van Drew, a freshman congressman who switched parties after opposing the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Political Science professor Brigid Callahan Harrison announced on Monday and received the endorsements of Senate President Steve Sweeney and six South Jersey Democratic county chairmen.
West Cape May Commissioner John Francis III says he will announce his candidacy in January, and public school teacher Amy Kennedy formed an exploratory committee on Monday.
“As an elected official who already represents part of NJ CD-2, I understand the needs of the district and there is so much more we need to be working on to serve all of our constituents,” said Bennett. “It is time to put the focus back on the many hard working families that make up the district and that’s exactly what I intend to do.”
Bennett was elected to the Board of Freeholders in 2017, after Republican incumbent John Carman faced intense criticism for making misogynistic statements.
She will announce from the Mount Zion Church of Pleasantville.
The New Jersey Globe first reported Bennett’s interest in running on Saturday.