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Atlantic County Commissioner John Risley. (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

Hurley: Risley will run for Assembly in 2nd district

Atlantic County Commissioner seeks rematch with Mazzeo, Armato

By David Wildstein, February 01 2021 11:28 am

Atlantic County Commissioner John Risley will seek a rematch in a race for the State Assembly in the 2nd legislative district, according to WPG Talk Radio host Harry Hurley.

Hurley reports that Risley will seek party support for another shot at incumbents Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena).

So far, Risley is the third Republican to express interest in running for Assembly in one of the state’s most politically competitive districts.

Former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said on Saturday that he would run, and Atlantic City Councilman Jesse Kurtz has been seeking support to run at the March GOP convention.

Republicans have tried to convince County Commissioner Amy Gatto, a young, rising star in Atlantic politics, to run.   So far, she doesn’t appear to be interested.

Risley came within 986 votes of ousting Armato in 2019, and narrowly won re-election to the Atlantic County Board of Commissioners last year.

Hurley reported last week that State Sen. Christopher Brown (R-Ventnor) is not a sure bet to seek re-election.

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