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Assemblyman William Spearman. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Cruz-Perez, Moen, Spearman win in the 5th district

By Joey Fox, November 02 2021 8:01 pm

The New Jersey Globe is projecting that State Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Barrington), Assemblyman Bill Moen (D-Bellmawr), and Assemblyman William Spearman (D-Camden) have won re-election to the 5th legislative district.

Former Democratic Woodlynne Councilman Clyde Cook, who lost re-election in 2020 after being charged with assaulting a police officer, was the Republican nominee for Senate. Cook was joined on the ticket by attorney Samuel DiMatteo and IT administrator Sean Sepsey.

The district, which includes the city of Camden and surrounding municipalities, has never elected a Republican to the legislature since the beginning of the modern 40-district system in 1973.

Back in 1995, Cruz-Perez was the first Latina ever elected to the Assembly; she retired in 2009, but came back in 2014 to succeed now-Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden). Spearman, a former Camden city councilman, won an Assembly special election in 2018, while Moen jumped from the Camden County Board of Freeholders to the Assembly in 2019.

Final 5th district results:

Cruz-Perez 57.7% // Cook 42.3%

Moen 28.7%, Spearman 28.4% // DiMatteo 21.7%, Sepsey 21.2%

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