Dover Alderman Ronald Camacho, who challenging the results of his 12-vote loss in the June Democratic primary, refused to rule out a bid for the New Jersey State Assembly in 2019.
“Maybe,” Camacho told the New Jersey Globe about speculation that he will seek the 25th district seat being vacated next year by 12-term Republican Michael Patrick Carroll.
Right now, Camacho is focused on holding his municipal post. He spent the day in court as his lawyers maintain his narrow loss was the result of voter fraud.
If Judge Stuart Minkowitz upholds the victory of Carlos Valencia, some Democrats expect Camacho to launch a write-in campaign in the general election. Republicans did not nominate a candidate.
What remains to be seen is whether Camacho would run for the Assembly as a Democrat or a Republican.
A Republican official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, suggested that it would be smart politics for Morris County Republicans to nominate a Latino candidate to replace Carroll, who has said he won’t seek re-election and is mulling a bid for Surrogate.””
Incumbent Anthony Bucco is expected to seek re-election to a fifth term in the Assembly.
If a minority candidate were to win in 2019, Republicans would be able to go into 2021 redistricting with the argument that the 25th district seat should be made safer. The 25th has become increasingly more Democratic in recent years; last fall, Democrat Lisa Bhimani held seven-term Republican State Sen. Anthony Bucco (R-Boonton) to 52% of the vote.