Former Democratic congressional candidate Josh Welle says he will not seek the Democratic nomination for State Assembly in the 13th district, More Monmouth Musings is reporting.
Welle announced in a podcast that he would not seek state or local office, and that if he runs again it would be for Congress. He said he would wait four to six years before running again.
He told the New Jersey Globe in December that he was considering a bid for the Monmouth County Assembly seat being vacated by retiring seven-term Republican Amy Handlin (R-Middletown).
An Annapolis graduate and retired U.S. Navy officer, Welle raised $1.8 million in his bid to oust Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton). Smith beat him by 36,299 votes (55%-43%).
More Monmouth Musings says that by waiting at least four years, Welle “is calculating that he could not win a rematch against Congressman Smith in a presidential year.”
House districts will be redrawn after next year’s census, creating a new congressional map for 2022.
Smith has won twenty elections since unseated thirteen-term Rep. Frank Thompson (D-Trenton) in 1980. His 4th district seat had had six different iterations.