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Camden County Commissioner Carmen Rodriguez. (Photo: Camden County Board of Commissioners).

McDonnell, Rodriguez beat South Jersey Progressive Dems in Camden primary

Holloway, Schrieks made bid for two county commissioner seats

By George Christopher, June 07 2022 11:16 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that longtime Camden County Commissioners Edward McDonnell and Carmen Rodriguez have defeated two Democratic primary opponents from the South Jersey Progressive Democrats. As of 11:13 p.m., Rodriguez and McDonnell outpolled Rebecca Holloway and Wilhelmus Schrieks by a 39-37-14-10% margin.

McDonnell and Rodriguez have served on the board of county commissioners since 1995 and 2005, respectively. While their off-the-line challengers were never expected to win, their loss represents another defeat for Camden County progressives, who appeared to make some gains in 2019 when they captured all 16 seats on the Collingswood Democratic County Committee – only to lose them all in 2021.

In the general election, McDonnell and Rodriguez will take on Republican candidates Ian Gill and Joe Miller, who were unopposed in the Republican primary. Gill is a first responder and Miller is an Audubon school board member.

The county board of commissioners has a 7-0 Democratic majority, and Republicans have not won a countywide election in Camden County since 1990.

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