In the race for the Republican nomination for State Assembly in the 2nd legislative district, Atlantic City Councilman Jesse O. Kurtz has picked up some key endorsements that will help him grab one of the two seats in the state’s most politically competitive district.
Kurtz has been endorsed by Egg Harbor Township Committeemen Andrew Parker, Mullica Mayor Kristi Hanselmann, Egg Harbor City Council President Joseph Ricci, and Buena Vista Committeeman William Ruggieri.
“I have known Jesse for years and consider him a good friend. As a teacher in Atlantic City and Committeeman in EHT I see the commitment Jesse has for public service,” said Parker. “Always there when you need him, he will not stop until he gets the job done and that’s exactly the energy and dedication we need in Trenton.”
A two-term city councilman, Kurtz is competing with Atlantic County Commissioner John Risley and former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian for the chance to take on Demcoratic incumbents Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena).
“Having won multiple elections in Atlantic City and being such an effective elected official demonstrates Jesse’s energy and ability to communicate with voters and grow our party,” said Ricci. “He’s a great candidate to face the Democrats in the fall.”
Hanselmann called Kurtz “a fantastic candidate that has already fought in tough races and won.”
“He is exactly what we need to be successful in November,” she said.
The two Assembly candidates would run on a ticket with State Sen. Chris Brown (R-Ventnor), if he decides to seek re-election to a second term.
“Atlantic County is hurting and we need a candidate willing to go to Trenton to stand up for us,” said Ruggieri. “Jesse is that person, he was born and raised here and wants to make it a place we can all stay. He has the proven leadership and energy it takes to get it done.”