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10 Dems seeking Camden freeholder seats

Two others running for Moen’s seat

By Nikita Biryukov, April 03 2019 3:24 pm

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article said Jennifer O’Donnell ran for Gloucester Township mayor. She did not.

A wide field of candidates is seeking the Democratic nod for the Camden County freeholder board.

Eight Democratic candidates across four slates are seeking to oust incumbent Freeholders Edward McDonnell and Carmen Rodriguez.

The same activist Democrats that are mounting challenges to establishment candidates in Cherry Hill and the fifth and sixth legislative districts are fielding freeholder candidates.

In the latter race, the Democrats of Camden County are running Jennifer O’Donnell and activist Jerome Taylor, who once ran for Camden’s mayorship.

Information about the candidates being run on the remaining three slates is scarce.

Randall McGinnis and Steve Panarello are running on the Progressive Democrats for Change slate.

Amanda Semple and Jason Witte are making their bid on the Real Progressive Democrats for Camden County slate.

The Change Today for a Better Tomorrow slate is fielding Dori Larm and William Efymow.

It’s not clear how serious the bids of the latter three slates are, but it may not matter much.

Camden County’s Democratic machine is one of the most robust in the state, due in no small part to the influence of power broker George Norcross.

If some of the slates don’t end up mounting serious campaigns, other challengers could suffer. More slates mean a larger ballot, and a larger ballot necessarily means there are more less-favorable ballot positions.

Only two of those slates, the Democrats of Camden County and the county-backed Camden Democratic Committee Inc., are fielding a candidate for the remainder of Freeholder Bill Moen’s term.

Moen intends to leave the vacate his seat to take Assemblywoman Patricia Egan Jones’s seat in the legislature. Egan Jones is not seeking re-election.

The county is backing Melinda Kane for Moen’s seat. The Democrats of Camden County are running Kyle Nash for the same.

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