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Former Camden County Freeholder candidate Vincent Squire. (Photo: Vincent Squire).

Ex-freeholder candidate convicted of burglary faces ELEC complaint

By David Wildstein, February 15 2023 8:18 pm

Vincent Squire, who lost party support in his 2018 bid for Camden County freeholder when Republicans determined that he misled them about his criminal record, now faces a three-count civil complaint for not filing his campaign finance reports.

The New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission alleges Squire failed to respond to efforts to get him to report campaign contributions and expenditures.   He now faces fines of nearly $26,000, although that amount is frequently negotiated downward depending on Squire’s cooperation.

The Camden GOP pulled its support from Squire in late August after becoming aware that he had not disclosed that he had been convicted of burglary charges or about an assault charge his son filed against him.  Republicans were aware of a guilty plea to a theft by deception charge roughly a decade before.

Squire had rejected an effort by the Camden County Republicans to drop out of the race for the two weeks leading to their decision to drop their support of his candidacy.

In the November general election, Democrats Jeff Nash, Bill Moen, and Susan Shin Angulo won by a margin of more than 2-1.  Squire ran sixth in that race, but just 457 votes behind his one-time running mate, Keith Cybulski.

The Courier-Post, the Gannett-owned daily newspaper based in Camden County, did not cover the freeholder race that year.  Squire’s name did not appear in the Courier-Post at all in 2018, although they did report his burglary arrest in 2005.

A complaint released by ELEC today gives 20 days to respond.

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