Democrat Caren Fitzpatrick will seek re-election to her at-large seat on the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders.
Fitzpatrick was elected in 2017, becoming the top vote-getter in a field of five candidates for two seats. She ran 680 votes ahead of the other winner, longtime Republican freeholder John Risley.
“It has been an honor to serve the people of Atlantic County for the past two years,” said Fitzpatrick, “Serving as Freeholder has made me realize just how much I love Atlantic County. From our beautiful beaches to our farmland and everything in between, Atlantic County’s economy should be prospering but it isn’t. We need to continue to grow our economy, create jobs, and lower the property tax burden on our residents.”
Somers Point councilman James Toto, who made unsuccessful bids for party support in bids for Conrgess in 2018 and Assembly in 2019, has already announced his intention to challenge Fitzpatrick.
“While one of my opponents has already begun to trash me, I believe that Atlantic County works best when we all work together, regardless of party affiliation,” she said.
Her running mate in the 2017 at-large race, Thelma Witherspoon, lost to Risley by 205 votes. She is seeking the Democratic nomination for District 3 freeholder. The incumbent, Ashley Bennett, is giving up her seat to run for Congress.
Fitzpatrick is the director of finance and administration at Meet AC, which markets Atlantic City as possible convention and meeting sites.
Earlier today, Atlantic County Democratic chairman Michael Suleiman endorsed Judy Ward for mayor of Pleasantville.
““As City Council President, she has worked tirelessly with Mayor Tweedle and the other members of Council to grow the economy, create jobs, and make Pleasantville a safer, more affordable place to live and work,” Suleiman said. “She’s uniquely qualified to lead the City of Pleasantville in the new decade and I look forward to campaigning with her in the coming months.”