Samantha DeAlmeida, a former Assembly Republican staffer who works as an advocate for cancer survivors, is considering a bid for State Assembly in the 10th district.
The incumbent, David Wolfe (R-Brick) is retiring after 28 years in the legislature.
DeAlmeida is the New Jersey Government Relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and served as deputy director of government relations and policy the New Jersey Hospital Association.
The 29-year-old Brick resident is also an adjunct political science professor at Brookdale Community College. She runs a non-profit group that provides equine therapy to veterans.
As a policy analyst for Assembly Republicans, DeAlmeida worked on issues of human services, consumer affairs, military & veterans’ affairs, and regulatory issues.
Three candidates are already in the race to succeed Wolfe: Brick Republican Club president John Catalano, Point Pleasant Beach mayor Stephen Reid, and former Bay Head council president D’Arcy Rohan Green. Manchester mayor Ken Palmer announced this week that he would not run.