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Former Collingswood Board of Education member Claire Gustafson

Gustafson enters race to challenge Norcross

Former Collingswood Board of Education member lost GOP House primary in 2014

By David Wildstein, December 04 2019 2:15 pm

Former Collingswood school board member Claire Gustafson will seek the Republican nomination for Conrgess in New Jersey’s 1st district, setting up a primary fight for the chance to take on Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden).

Gustafson, a self-described pro-Trump Republican who lost her bid for Camden County Freeholder last month, will challenge Josh Duvall in the GOP primary.  Duvall entered the race last year.

“The exploring is done,’ Gustafson said.  “I spent the past few weeks talking with friends, family and colleagues and am confident we will be able to raise the funds necessary to run an aggressive campaign against Congressman Norcross and the political machine that has a stranglehold on South Jersey.”

This is Gustafson’s second bid for a congressional seat.

She ran against Garry Cobb in the 2014 primary, losing 68%-14%.

Norcross defeated Cobb by 29,242 votes, 57%-39%, in 2014.  He was re-elected in 2018 with 64% of the vote against Republican Paul Dilks, winning by 82,011 votes.

Gustafson is the president of the Camden County division of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women and runs a small business.

I am unapologetically Republican and proudly stand with President Trump,” said Gustafson.  “I am a Republican because I believe in hard work, self-reliance, smaller government, the preservation of our Judeo-Christian values and the free-enterprise system that has made America the envy of the world.”

Norcross was endorsed today by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“From working tirelessly to provide our children with a high-quality education to protecting our national security and advocating for lower drug costs, Congressman Norcross always ensures that the issues of his constituents are at the forefront,” said  Pelosi. “Congressman Norcross is a relentless champion for labor and progressive issues who is fighting to increase Americans’ paychecks at a time when the wages of our workers are falling further and further behind. His patriotic service in the Congress is respected throughout his state and the country. I am proud to support Donald Norcross’ reelection.”

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