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Atlantic City Councilman Jesse Kurtz. (Photo: Via LinkedIn)

Kurtz joins race to challenge Mazzeo, Armato for Assembly

Lone Republican on the Atlantic City council will run in 2nd district

By David Wildstein, February 03 2021 10:38 am

Atlantic City Councilman Jessie O. Kurtz today formally entered the race for the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 2nd legislative district and did so with the apparent support of Atlantic County GOP Chairman Keith Davis.

“It’s hard enough to win as a Republican in Atlantic City once. Jesse has done it twice, which is a testament to his hard work,” Davis said.  “He’s been a leader among young Republicans and will take the fight to (Vince) Mazzeo and (John) Armato as a candidate for the Assembly.”

Kurtz is one of three Republicans vying for the support of the Atlantic County Republican organization to challenge a pair of Democratic assemblymen in one of the state’s most politically competitive districts.

Atlantic County Commissioner John Risley and former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian are also seeking support for the Assembly.

“I am born and raised in Atlantic City and now my wife and I are raising our family here,” Kurtz said. “I have a proven ability to work beyond party lines to get things done and that’s what Trenton needs now more than ever.”

In his announcement, Kurtz slammed Gov. Phil Murphy’s governance of the state through the use of executive orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If our Governor wishes to enact restrictions that prevent people from providing for their families, he must work with the Legislature so there can be an honest debate about the detrimental impact his orders are having on communities like Atlantic City,” the candidate said.

Atlantic County Republicans have not yet set the date for their March nominating convention.  The filing deadline is seven days before that convention.

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