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Britnee Timberlake, right, takes the oath of office as an Assemblywoman from the 34th district in January 2018 (ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS PHOTO)

Timberlake has little money, but it doesn’t matter

Democrats have 6-1 registration edge in race for Oliver’s old seat

By David Wildstein, October 21 2018 2:40 pm

Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange) hasn’t raised much money in her bid to win the remaining 14 months of Sheila Oliver’s unexpired term, but she doesn’t have to.

Democrats have a 6-1 voter registration 34th district, which includes East Orange, Montclair and Clifton.  The district has 77,067 Democrats, 12,586 Republicans, and 50,757 unaffiliated voters who lean strong Democratic.

Timberlake has raised just $2,825 so far and has $1,063 cash-on-hand.

Republican Irene DeVita and Independent Clenard Childress have not reported raising anything.

Timberlake, 32, won a special election convention in January to replace Oliver, who had been elected Lt. Governor and re-elected to the Assembly in 2017.  She gave up her seat on the Essex County Board of Freeholders to take the Assembly seat.

Childress, a minister at the New Cavalry Baptist Church in Montclair, is making his seventh bid for the Assembly.  He won 5% of the vote against Oliver and Tom Giblin in the 2005 Democratic primary, lost as a Republican in 2007 by more than 8,000 votes, was an unsuccessful independent candidate in 2009 and 2011, took 1% against Oliver and Giblin in the 2013 primary, and received 3% as an independent candidate in 2015.

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