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Former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian. (Photo: Don Guardian.)

Don Guardian enters race for State Assembly in 2nd district

Former Atlantic City mayor says he wants to take on Mazzeo, Armato

By David Wildstein, January 30 2021 11:50 am

Former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian will seek the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 2nd legislative district.

Guardian is seeking party support to take on Democratic incumbents Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena) in one of New Jersey’s most political competitive districts.

“I am running.  I think that I have the experience beyond the municipal level,” Guardian said. “I would be a good representative of the people.”

Guardian told the New Jersey Globe that he would be able to deliver “services and funding that should be coming to Atlantic County that are not.”

He is the second Republican to enter the race, following Atlantic City Councilman Jesse Kurtz.

“I am entering my name into the filed,” Guardian stated.  “I am certainly going to support whomever the county (GOP) supports.”

The 67-year-old Guardian defeated incumbent Lorenzo Langford in 2013 to become the city’s first openly gay mayor and the first Republican in almost 25 years.

Frank Gilliam, who was sentenced to prison and house arrest this week for stealing money from a youth basketball league he ran, defeated Guardian by 1,396 votes, 58%-39%.

Prior to running for mayor, Guardian ran the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s Special Improvement District and was a Claridge Casino Hotel executive.  He most recently served as Toms River Township business administration.

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