Parker Space picked up two big endorsements in his bid for the GOP nomination for State Senate in the 24th district, with Senate Minority Leader Steve Oroho and Assembly Republican Budget Officer Hal Wirths declaring their support of him.
Oroho and Wirths, who are not seeking re-election, also endorsed Sussex County Commissioner Dawn Fantasia and Chester Mayor Mike Inganamort for the two open State Assembly seats.
“Parker’s commitment to the district is without question,” said Oroho. “The Space family has resided in Sussex County for generations, they’ve operated a successful small business, Space Farms, for decades, and have been very involved in the community as first responders and public servants. Constituents like to know that you’re accessible.
Space, a former Sussex County freeholder and an assemblyman since 2013, had initially announced his retirement from the legislature but decided to return after Oroho’s surprise retirement announcement.
He faces a strong primary opponent: Steve Lonegan, a former mayor of Bogota and the party’s nominee for U.S. Senate against Cory Booker in 2013.
“Parker’s longstanding involvement in the community makes him relatable to residents, they trust his honesty and down-home nature, and they recognize that he’s a strong advocate for the issues that our district residents care about deeply,” Oroho said.
Wirths said that Space, Fantasia, and Inganamort share his conservative ideal and personal liberties.
“I’m pro-Second Amendment, a stalwart defender of law enforcement, pro-life, and a staunch advocate of smaller, smarter government that lessens the financial burdens on overtaxed residents,” he said. “Steve, Parker and I share these values, and I trust Dawn and Mike will be just as passionate in their defense of these core conservative principles in the state legislature. I believe our district would benefit greatly by their combined advocacy.”
Oroho said he has “great respect for the qualities and passion that Dawn and Mike possess.”
“I have always respected Dawn for her work with charter schools, her fighting spirit and have certainly appreciated our working relationship on so many issues of importance to district residents. I also have known Mike and his family for many years and am glad to see younger leaders step up in our Party. Mike has a strong intellect, he’s a polished professional and a wonderful family man,” Oroho stated. “Collectively, I think they make the strongest ticket for district 24.”
Fantasia and Inganamort face Lafayette school board president Josh Aikens and Warren County Commissioner Jason Sarnoski and two others in the GOP Assembly primary.