Evesham Democrats have announced that Eddie Freeman and Ginamarie Cordero Espinoza will try to flip the last two Republican seats on the township council.
Espinoza is a longtime player in New Jersey politics. She serves as constituent services director for Rep. Donald Norcross (D-Camden) and worked as a State Assembly aide and as a field organizer for the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
“Evesham is truly home for my growing family,” said Espinoza. “We have a wonderful community and together we can create more opportunities for recreation, parks, and programming and support our small businesses who give so much back to our town. I look forward to knocking doors and taking your voice to council.”
Freeman served in the U.S. Amy Reserves, completing a tour of duty in Afghanistan as a veterinary technician caring for military working dogs injured in service. He is an attorney.
“I am a proud veteran and want to continue to serve my community here at home,” said Freeman. “We have a lot of Evesham pride, and I want to build upon that pride by providing the best services at the lowest cost. I look forward to meeting with my neighbors throughout the town and will work hard to earn your vote.”
They are expected to face Republicans Drew Wilson and Mark Mancuso for the seats of two incumbents not seeking re-election, Bob DiEnna and Ken D’Andrea.
Democrats took control of Evesham in 2018 when Jaclyn Veasy was elected mayor by a 52%-48% margin over GOP councilman Steve Zeuli. Democrats beat incumbent councilwoman Deborah Hackman and picked up Zeuli’s seat, giving them a 3-2 majority.
The incumbent mayor, Republican Randy Brown, dropped his re-election bid in the fall. Brown had won re-election in 2014 with 62% of the vote.
Once a Republican stronghold, Evesham has now swung Democratic. The township has delivered pluralities for Hillary Clinton in 2016, Phil Murphy in 2017, Bob Menendez and favorite son Andy Kim in 2018, and Democratic Assembly candidates in 2019.
Hometown State Sen. Dawn Addiego switched to the Democratic Party last year after winning her hometown by just 89 votes in 2017.
“I am thrilled to support Eddie Freeman and Ginamarie Espinoza for council,” said Evesham Democratic municipal chair Christie DeCarolis. “They are two very qualified leaders who care deeply about our town and its residents. I know they will continue to work with Mayor Veasy, Deputy Mayor Cooper and Councilwoman Hansen to move our town forward. ”