All three of the eighth legislative districts Republican county chairs backed Assemblywoman Jean Stanfield’s (R-Westampton) State Senate bid Friday.
“Jean Stanfield is an outstanding public servant and a proven vote-getter. I’m thrilled she has stepped up once again to represent the people of South Jersey,” said Burlington County Chairman Sean Earlen. “Jean is the perfect candidate to defeat flip-flopping politician Dawn Addiego, and I’m confident Jean will continue to lead the charge to bring accountability to Trenton and fight the burdensome regulations crushing our small businesses.”
The New Jersey Globe first reported Stanfield, a former five-term Burlington County sheriff, would seek to oust State Sen. Dawn Addiego (D-Evesham) Tuesday.
The challenge follows Addiego’s 2019 defection to the Democratic Party, a maneuver that saw former Assemblyman Joe Howarth (R-Evesham) lose party support, and then a primary, after he made no public statements about the senator’s party switch for two days.
“Dawn Addiego sold out and turned her back on her constituents when she changed her party affiliation for personal gain,” Camden County Chairman Rich Ambrosino said. “It’s time the residents of the eighth District have a senator who works for them. That person is without a doubt Jean Stanfield.”
Former Burlington County Freeholder Latham Tiver and Hammonton Councilman Michael Torrissi Jr. are the likely picks to be Stanfield’s Assembly running mates, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Assemblyman Ryan Peters (D-Hainesport) is not seeking re-election to spend more time with his wife and two young children.
“Residents are fleeing New Jersey at record rates because the state is just not affordable,” Atlantic County Republican Chairman Keith Davis said. “Jean Stanfield is an experienced leader who has proven in her decades of public service as both Sheriff and an Assemblywoman that she will support families and small business owners while working to safely reopen our State.”