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Rev. Clenard Childress is making his 10th run for the New Jersey State Assembly. (Photo: Clenard Childress.)

Eight-time Assembly candidate reprimanded for not filing ELEC report

Rev. Clenard Childress faces 900 fine

By David Wildstein, February 03 2021 2:03 pm

Rev. Clenard H. Childress, Jr. a Montclair clergyman who has lost eight bids for the New Jersey State Assembly, has been reprimanded by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission for late filings related to his 2015 bid in the 34th district.

The reprimand comes with a $400 fine, which is tacked on to the $500 fine for filing late.

Childress sought the Democratic nomination for Assembly in 2005, receiving just 4.5% of the vote in his primary challenge to incumbent Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange) and  her running mate, Thomas P. Giblin (D-Montclair).

In 2007, Childress switched parties and challenged Oliver and Giblin as a Republican.  He lost by 8,988 votes.

Childress ran as an independent in 2009 and received 1.2% and received 2% as an independent in 2011.

Running as a Democrat in 2013, he finished last in a field of seven candidates with 1% of the vote against Oliver and Giblin.

Back to running as an independent in 2015, Childress polled 3.1% of the vote in a race where Republicans nominated just one candidate for the two Assembly seats.

Childress skipped the 2017 campaign but ran in a 2018 special election to fill the seat Oliver gave up becoming Lt. Governor.  He received 1.5% against Assemblywoman Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange).

His last Assembly bid was in 2019, accumulating 1.45% as an independent against Giblin and Timberlake.

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