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Atlantic Dems aim at control of freeholder board

Democrats must beat two GOP incumbents to take the majority

By David Wildstein, March 25 2019 12:27 am

Atlantic County Democrats voted on Sunday to give Northfield councilwoman Susan Korngut the organization line for county executive against five-term incumbent Dennis Levinson.

Nick Polito, a Hammonton firefighter, will challenge incumbent Amy Gatto in the race for freeholder-at-large, while Absecon councilman Steve Light will take on incumbent Richard Dase in the 4th district.

Democratic freeholder Ernest Coursey is seeking re-election in the safe-Democratic 1st district.

Republicans have a 6-3 majority on the Board of Freeholders and Democrats need to oust Gatto and Dase to win control.

Gatto defeated Democrat Brenda Brathwaite in 2016 by 1,408 votes, 51%-49%.  Dase won by just 694 votes against his Democratic challenger, Steve Stokes.

Coursey won freeholder races in 2013 and 2016 after serving eleven years as a councilman in Atlantic City.  He ran unopposed three years ago.

Atlantic Democrats also awarded their organization line to Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale for State Assembly in the 8th district, and to incumbents in the 1st and 2nd districts.

“Our ticket is made up of everyday Atlantic County residents,” said Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Michael Suleiman. “We have small business owners in (Assemblyman) Vince Mazzeo and Susan Korngut, firefighters in (Assemblyman) John Armato and Nick Polito, a union electrician in Steve Light and a community activist and public servant in Ernest Coursey. Our team will represent working folks in Atlantic County.”

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