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William R. Spearman, second from left, takes the oath of office an an assemblyman from the 5th district from Speaker Craig Coughlin, left, in July 2018 (ASSEMBLY DEMOCRATS PHOTO)

Spearman raises $11k in bid to hold Barclay Assembly seat

Dems have held the seat since Florio replaced Laskin in 1969

By David Wildstein, October 21 2018 3:09 pm

Assemblyman William Spearman (D-Camden), who won a special election to the 5th district seat after Arthur Barclay resigned after being arrested on domestic violence charges, has raised $11,500 and has $4,384 cash-on-hand.

Nicholas Kush, the Republican candidate, has not reported raising any money to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.  Kush had said that he expects to get clobbered in this overwhelmingly Democratic district, but that somebody needs to be the sacrificial lamb.  He is the father of Republican political consultant and radio host Steve Kush.

Democrats have a 3-1 voter registration edge, with 66,840 Democrats, 21,092 Republicans and 58,383 unaffiliated voters.

The City of Camden-based district has not elected a Republican to the Assembly since Lee Laskin won the seat by 1,807 votes in 1967.  Laskin didn’t seek re-election in 1969 and Democrat Jim Florio replaced him as an assemblyman.

A former Camden city councilman, Spearman is seeking the remaining 14 months of Barclay’s term in a November 6 special election.

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