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Hainesport deputy mayor Lee Schneider

Burlington GOP official endorses Richter

Lee Schneider cuts organization choice of Gibbs

By David Wildstein, March 05 2020 3:47 pm

Republican congressional candidate David Richter has won a high profile endorsement from Kate Gibbs’ Burlington County base one day after winning the Ocean County GOP organization line.

Hainesport Republican municipal chair Lee Schneider, the deputy mayor, announced today that she is backing Richter.

Support from the 32-year-old Schneider comes as Gibbs makes the case that Republicans would be best served by nominating a 34-year-old woman to run for Congress against Rep. Andy Kim (D-Marlton).

“The choice is clear in the Republican primary this year.  As a father of four daughters and a successful businessman, David Richter is the best candidate,” Schneider said. “His resume speaks for itself and he is the only candidate that can beat Andy Kim in November.”

In a mutual split, Schneider broke away from the Burlington County Republican organization during her 2019 campaign for freeholder.

She ran in a special election for the unexpired term of George Youngkin, who ousted Gibbs in 2018 and resigned the day he took office following allegations of domestic violence and stalking.  Schneider lost to interim incumbent Daniel O’Connell by 8,975 votes, a 55%-45% margin.

“As the first elected official in Burlington County to endorse my campaign for Congress, I am very appreciative of Lee’s support and look forward to earning even more support throughout the county,” said Richter.

Former Hainesport mayor Tony Porto and Barnegat mayor John Novak are also in the race.

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