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Mazzeo hasn’t ruled out county executive run

By Nikita Biryukov, September 17 2018 2:40 pm

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo wouldn’t rule out a run to unseat longtime Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson in 2019.

“I’m not looking at that right now,” Mazzeo said. “I’m looking at my Assembly job. Right now, I’m trying to do a lot of good things – shared service consolidation, I’m the chairman of state and local government, and I’m trying to get to the property tax relief that we always talk about”

Levinson, who’s held the seat since 2000, has scarcely has a tough election since first winning the post.

That’s no surprise, given that Republicans have held the seat since 1980, and Democrats have only ever held the post for one term, from 1975 to 1979, when the county first adopted the system of government it has today.

Even then, Republicans held control over the Board of Freeholders.

But, 2019 might provide an opportunity for Democrats to retake a post that has been unwinnable for more than three-and-a-half decades.

If 2019’s elections see a Democratic surge pushed by President Donald Trump’s unpopularity in the state, the Republican stronghold could flip, though given the lack of national elections, it might be something of a tall order.

As for Mazzeo’s reticence, he might not just be keeping his cards close to his chest.

“Well, I haven’t been really asked,” Mazzeo said.

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