Republicans in the second legislative district promised to create a legislative office in Atlantic City, their district’s largest municipality, if they win at the polls in November.
“Atlantic City has a variety of residents with multicultural backgrounds, working jobs throughout many different fields, hoping to provide the best for their families and their futures,” State Senate candidate Vince Polistina said. “These residents deserve the same access to their elected officials as all of the hardworking, middle class families and retirees throughout the rest of Atlantic County – and that’s why I’m pledging to bring a legislative office to Atlantic City once we are elected in November.”
Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and John Armato (D-Buena) have their legislative office in Northfield, some miles west of Atlantic City, which accounts for roughly 16% of the district’s population.
Polistina is running against Mazzeo for State Sen. Chris Brown’s (R-Ventnor City) seat in the upper chamber. Brown is not seeking re-election this year.
Armato is seeking re-election alongside Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick. They face challenges from former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and former deputy attorney general Claire Swift.
“During my time as Mayor of Atlantic City, I worked closely with all of our diverse communities to make sure their voices were being heard,” Guardian said. “Bringing a legislative office to the city sends a message about what kind of team we will be and also ensure that local residents always have a place to go and get the help they need.”
Atlantic City is heavily Democratic, though it is not without its pockets of Republicans.