The likely Republican State Senate candidate in Atlantic County is forging a ticket with two Assembly candidates that could leave two other contenders out in the cold, according to a report today by WPG Talk Radio host Harry Hurley.
Hurley said that former Assemblyman Vince Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) wants to run on a slate with former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and former deputy state attorney general Claire Swift for the two Assembly seats.
Polistina secured front-runner status for Chris Brown’s Senate seat after just a few days, pushing Guardian back into the Assembly race by brandishing some significant support.
While praising the two announced Assembly candidates, County Commissioner John Risley and Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz, Polistina said he wants to run with Guardian and Swift.
“The three of us will bring different backgrounds diverse experience, and complementary views that I believe will serve the residents of district 2 the best,” Polistina said in a statement that appeared on Hurley’s website. “This district represents a true mosaic of people and different areas and I think the three of us would be the best candidates to reflect the diversity of the area.”
The candidates will face off at the Atlantic County GOP convention next month.
Polistina served in the Assembly for four years before challenging State Sen. James Whelan (D-Atlantic City) in 2011. He launched his comeback bid immediately following Brown’s announcement that he would not seek re-election to a second term.
Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) is the likely Democratic candidate for the open seat. Assemblyman John Armato (D-Buena) is expected to run with County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick.