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Sara Haleva. (Photo: Sara Haleva).

Haleva will seek GOP party support to take on Gopal for Senate

Will face-off against Dnistrian for Monmouth organization line

By David Wildstein, February 10 2023 10:30 am

Sara Haleva will seek the Monmouth County Republican organization endorsement for State Senate in the 11th legislative district, where Democrat Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) is seeking re-election to a third term.

She is the second Republican to enter the race against Gopal: Steve Dnistrian, a corporate and non-profit executive, announced his candidacy this week.

Haleva has said she will abide by the wishes of the GOP convention and would not run in the primary if she doesn’t secure the line.

“I am running because it is important to beat Vin Gopal in November, help re-elect our two Assemblywomen, and provide a strong top-of-the-ticket for Republicans down the ballot – and I can get the job done,” she said.  “Once in Trenton, I will stand by our Republican and Conservative values and protect our most basic rights.

A Yale Law School graduate and mother of five adult children, Haleva manages properties for a family real estate business and worked as an SAT tutor.   Her mother was born in Mexico, and she speaks fluent Spanish, something Haleva says will help her appeal to Hispanic voters in the 11th district.  She grew up in a Jewish Syrian community in Brooklyn and lives in Oakhurst.

“My Syrian and Jewish community members, who include residents across the political spectrum, will come out and vote for me, and we will have strong financial support,” Haleva said. “Every campaign needs money, and my sales background will enable me to successfully fundraise, not only from my immediate community but from others with the same values in the district, around the state, and beyond.”

Haleva said she will campaign for school funding reform, medical freedom, teaching age-appropriate curriculum in public schools, state budget reductions, and support for law enforcement.

“I am a problem solver by nature and will work to find solutions,” she said.  “I will make sure that District 11 is once again represented by a Republican Senator who shares our core values.”

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