By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY – The New Jersey primary elections for the Democratic and Republican parties will be held Tuesday, July 7 and it is expected great meaning for many African-Americans and people of color.

There is a wide-range of African-Americans running for office, some hoping to make history while others wanting to hold on to gains already made.

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While Front Runner New Jersey does not make endorsements, the candidates named below are part of an informational list of Blacks running for public office in South Jersey. They range from some of the highest offices in the land, such as Congress, to small townships and boroughs dotted through the six counties that make up South Jersey.

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Since no county provides a list of candidates broken down by race or ethnicity, this list was compiled from hours of Internet research and interviews, so it may not be complete. We made our very best effort to identify as many African-American candidates on the ballot as possible.

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Please send us an email at if you notice that a candidate has been left off and will update it immediately.

South Jersey African-American primary candidates:

U.S. Senator

Democratic Primary: Cory Booker (incumbent); Lawrence “Larry” Hamm

Republican Party: Natalie Rivera

U.S. House of Representatives, Second District

Democratic Primary: Will Cunningham, John Francis


Freeholder, District 3

Democratic Primary: Thelma Witherspoon

Republican Primary: Andrew Parker

Andrew Parker and his wife Neysha Parker. Photo courtesy of Andrew Parker

Atlantic City


Democratic Primary: Marty Small Sr. (incumbent), Pamela Thomas-Fields, Jimmy Whitehead

Second Ward

Democratic Primary: Latoya Dunston (incumbent), Delmar Hamilton Sr.

Atlantic City councilwoman LaToya Dunston. Photo coutesy of LaToya Dunston Facebook

Buena Vista Township

Democratic Primary: David Turner (incumbent), Ronnise White (incumbent)

Egg Harbor City

Republican Primary: Clifford Mays Jr. (incumbent)



Democratic Primary: Judy Ward


Democratic Primary: Carla Thomas

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Bordentown Township

Democratic Primary: Aneka Miller

Burlington Township

Democratic Primary: Elrich Green

Evesham Township

Democratic Primary: Eddie Freeman III

Mount Holly

Democratic Primary: Lewis Brown (incumbent)


Democratic Primary: Sandy Henley (incumbent)

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Democratic Primary: Jonathan Young (incumbent), Al Dyer


Democratic Primary: Rhonda Wardlow-Hurley (incumbent), Eric Wilcox Sr. (incumbent), Ervin Means, Christopher Raines

Winslow Township

Democratic Primary: Evelyn Leverett (incumbent), Marie Lawrence (incumbent), Joe Thomas


Democratic County Committee: Julia Hankerson


Freeholder At-Large

Democratic Primary: Jack Surrency (incumbent), Bruce Cooper, Donna Pearson, Tracey Wells-Huggins

Fairfield Township

Democratic Primary: Tommy Clark Jr. (incumbent)



Democratic Primary: Jim Jefferson (incumbent)

Gloucester County Freeholder Jim Jefferson


Democratic Primary: Joe Kidd (incumbent), Theodore Holloway (incumbent)


Ward 1

Democratic Primary: Donna Miller (incumbent)


Carneys Point Township

Democratic Primary: Charles Newton Jr. (incumbent)

Penns Grove

Democratic Primary: Carl Washington Jr. (incumbent), Jonathan Carter, Charlyn Martin


Democratic Primary: Valerie Spence-Lacy

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