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Atlantic County Freeholder Ernest Coursey

Coursey endorses Small for Atlantic City mayor

By David Wildstein, May 24 2020 5:38 pm

Atlantic County Freeholder Ernest Coursey has endorsed Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small in the July 7 Democratic primary.

“As you know, this is a very difficult and challenging time,” Coursey said.  “We need a mayor who fights for what’s right.  Marty Small is that mayor.”

Small became mayor last October after Frank Gilliam admitted to stealing money from a youth basketball league he ran.  He faces Pamela Thomas-Fields in a battle for the Democratic nomination for the remaining fourteen months of Gilliam’s term.

Atlantic County Democrats awarded their organization line to Small despite the local Atlantic City Democratic Party run by former Council President Craig Callaway endorsing Thomas-Fields.  That puts Small on the line with Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy, who has the backing of the Callaway machine.

Kennedy’s main rival, Brigid Callahan Harrison, is running on a separate line with U.S. Senator Cory Booker and a candidate for surrogate, Somers Point Democratic Municipal Chairman Levi Fox.

Coursey served as an Atlantic City councilman for eleven years, and served as an aide to U.S. Senator Bob Torricelli and as a Commissioner of the South Jersey Transportation Authority.  He is seeking his third term on the Board of Freeholders.

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