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Pascrell has $1.8 million warchest

Congressman faces two primary opponents in bid for 13th term

By David Wildstein, January 31 2020 10:20 am

Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) raised more than $265,000 in the 4th quarter of 2019, bringing is total haul last year to over $890,000 as he prepares to seek re-election to a 13th term in New Jersey’s 9th district.

Pascrell has $1,871.884 in his campaign warchest.

He faces two primary opponents in a solidly Democratic district: Zina Spezakis and Alp Basaran.

Basaran has raised $78,238 and has $23,962 cash-on-hand.  Spezakis, who had raised $92,930 as of September 30, has not yet filed her year-end report with the Federal Election Commission.

“We are ecstatic that our campaign set a record for itself in a non-election year. With New Jerseyans demanding their fair share and Trump corruption running rampant, folks support a powerful advocate for them in Washington,” said Mark Greenbaum, a spokesman for the campaign.  “Bill Pascrell is that advocate and will never stop fighting for our communities.”

Pascrell was elected to Congress in 1996, ousting freshman Rep. Bill Martini (R-Clifton) after serving as an assemblyman, Passaic County Democratic chairman, and mayor of Paterson.

He defeated 2018 primary opponent William O. Henry with 86% of the vote.

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