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Spezakis has raised $160k for primary challenge against Pascrell

By David Wildstein, January 31 2020 9:06 pm

Zina Spezakis, who is challenging 12-term Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-Paterson) from the left in the Democratic primary, has raised $160,358 and as $84,609 remaining in her campaign warchest.

Spezakis reported a fundraising haul of $67,438 for the 4th quarter of 2019, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.  She has spent $75,749 so far on her bid for the Democratic nomination in New Jersey’s 9th district.

She loaned her campaign $58,679 during the 4th quarter, bringing her personal investment in taking on Pascrell to $108,156.

Our Revolution New Jersey endorsed Spezakis this week.

Spezakis has raised just $10,000 less than Arati Kreibich, a Glen Rock councilwoman who is challenging Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) in the neighboring 5th district.

Pascrell reported today that he has $1,871,884 cash-on-hand after bringing in more than $265,000 over the last three months of 2019.

A clean technology investor and environmental activist and a 48-year-old single mother, Spezakis has made climate change her signature issue.

Another primary opponent, Alp Basaran, raised $78,238 and has $23,962 cash-on-hand.  Basaran has put $50,000 into his campaign and started the year with $23,962 banked.

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 faced eight-term Rep. Steve Rothman (D-Englewood) in the 2012 primary after redistricting eliminated one of New Jersey’s House seats and won 61% of the vote.

In 2018 primary, Pascrell defeated  primary opponent William O. Henry with 86% of the vote.

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