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Progressive slates file in six South Jersey counties

Looks like ticket will bracket with Amy Kennedy

By David Wildstein, March 31 2020 7:35 pm

Progressives have fielded full slates of candidates for countywide office in six counties with the intention of bracketing with Democratic congressional candidate Amy Kennedy.

In five of those counties – Cape May, Cumberland, Burlington, Camden and Gloucester – Brigid Harrison will run on the organization line.

Kennedy has the line in Atlantic, where she’ll be bracketed with the county organization slate of candidates for freeholder and surrogate.  In 2018, Atlantic made up 41% of the total votes cast in the Democratic congressional primary.

The ability to bracket with county candidates makes it more difficult for her name to get lost in a sort of ballot Siberia in a field of four Democrats running off the line for Congress in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

The progressive candidates ranges from some experienced officeholders to political newcomers.

The slates are not expected to bracket with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

In Cumberland County, the slate includes incumbent freeholder Jack Surrency and Donna Pearson, who served two terms on the Board of Freeholders in the late 1990s and early 2000s.   Surrency, who was denied party support for re-election, and Pearson will run with Tracey Huggins, a registered nurse who ran for the Vineland school board seat three years ago.

They will take on incumbents Carol Musso and George Castellini and their running mate, Millville commissioner Bruce Cooper.

In the race for sheriff, incumbent Robert Austino will face a challenge from Dennis D’Augostine, a former Vineland police lieutenant.

The progressive ticket in Cape May County – which made up 15% of the total vote in the last House Democratic primary — led by Jeremiah Schenerman, a 28-year-old U.S. Army reservist who mounted a last-minute write-in campaign for State Senate in 2019 after the Democratic incumbent, Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) said that he would consider voting to re-elect Donald Trump.  He ran for freeholder in 2018 on the organization line.

Joining Schenerman are former Estell Manor Superintendent of Schools Noelle Jacquelin for county clerk, and Debi de la Cretaz, a former North Cape May school board member, and Shaheed Bashir for freeholder.

Democrats have not won a countywide general election since Jeff Van Drew won a freeholder seat 20 years ago.

Gloucester County Action Together New Jersey co-chair Lisa Bonnano is running for freeholder with Rev. Sherry Hall and Howard Clark.

They will face incumbents Heather Simmons, Lyman Barnes and Jim Jefferson.

Gloucester and Cumberland each represent about 8% of the total votes cast in the 2nd district Democratic primary.

The progressive slate includes Alissa Wolf and Jessica Dunlap for freeholder in Burlington, Robert Reavey and Dennis Gormely for freeholder in Camden.

Paul Wishnick filed for freeholder in Ocean County, which is holding an open primary for Congress.  That gives Kennedy the option of bracketing with a candidate there, instead of winding up with a remote ballot location.

Ocean makes up 5% of the Democratic primary vote.


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