Black and Latinx Candidates Running for Office in South Jersey; Find Out Who Here

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was produced as part of the 2020 Election Reporting Fellowship with NJ ethnic and community media organized by the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.

ATLANTIC CITY – It seemed like a long time coming, especially with the coronavirus pandemic, but the November general election is finally here.

Actually, the election has been going on for about a month now with many casting their ballots early via absentee and mail-in ballots. African Americans and Latinx candidates are making their presence know in numerous elections through South Jersey.

Some like Atlantic County Freeholder candidate Celeste Fernandez and Pleasantville Mayoral candidate Judy Ward will be trying to make history with their elections. Others, like Vineland School Board Member Cedric Holmes, will be trying to retain his seat after making history of his own several years ago.

There is a value in documenting those in the Black and Latinx community who have taken the call and run for officer to represent their communities. Here is the list of African American and Latinx candidates running in Nov. 3 general election in South Jersey. Note, please let us know if we missed anyone at clyde.hughes@yahoo.com.

U.S. Senator

Cory Booker (incumbent), Democrat

ATLANTIC COUNTY

Freeholder At-Large: Celeste Fernandez, Democrat

Freeholder, District 3: Thelma Witherspoon, Democrat; Andrew Parker, Republican

Sheriff: Joe “Tokyo” O’Donoghue, Republican 

Atlantic City

Board of Education: Jarrod Barnes, Patricia Bailey (incumbent), Walter Johnson, Allen Thomas (incumbent), Ambrose Gray

Mayor: Marty Small Sr. (incumbent), Democrat

Second Ward: Latoya Dunston (incumbent), Democrat

Buena Vista Township

Council: David Turner (incumbent), Democrat; Ronnise White (incumbent), Democrat

Egg Harbor City

Council: Clifford Mays Jr. (incumbent), Republican

Egg Harbor Township

Board of Education: Tamika Gilbert-Floyd (incumbent)

Committee: Lisa March, Democrat; Frank Rivera III, Democrat

Hamilton Township

Board of Education: Darrell Edmonds

Hammonton

Council: Otto Hernandez, Republican

Northfield-Mainland Regional

Board of Education: Evelyn Perez

Pleasantville

Board of Education: Loreal Chrisp, Julio Sanchez, Elysa Sanchez (incumbent)

Mayor: Judy Ward, Demoocrat; Tony Davenport, Independent

At-Large: Carla Thomas, Democrat; Sharnell Morgan, Independent

Woodbine

Board of Education: Miriam Vives-Rivera

BURLINGTON COUNTY

Bordentown Township

Council: Aneka Miller, Democrat

Burlington Township

Council: Elrich Green, Democrat

Evesham Township

Council: Eddie Freeman III, Democrat

Mount Holly

Council: Lewis Brown (incumbent), Democrat

Westampton

Council: Sandy Henley (incumbent), Democrat

Willingboro Township

Board of Education: Corvena Francis-Denton, Debra Williams (incumbent)

CAMDEN COUNTY

Freeholder: Jonathan Young (incumbent), Democrat; Al Dyer, Democrat

Camden Board of Education: Wasim Muhammad, Karen Merricks, Clayton Gonzalez, Kevin Ruiz-Berroa, Aaron Cooper, JaNell McRae, Theo Spencer

Cherry Hill Board of Education: Ineda “Corrien” Elmore-Stratton, Jessica Rodriguez, Rosy Arroyo

Chesilhurst

Borough Council: Pearlie C. Lee, Karen Chew, Maria Littles 

Lawnside

Council: Rhonda Wardlow-Hurley (incumbent), Democrat; Eric Wilcox Sr. (incumbent), Democrat

Lawnside Board of Education: William Jordan (incumbent), Mark Bass, Ferin Catlett, Phoenix Moore, Cheryl Hollins, Nana Cauthorne (incumbent), Alexis Wilson (incumbent)

Winslow Township

Council, Ward 2: Evelyn Leverett (incumbent), Democrat

Council, Ward 3: Marie Lawrence (incumbent), Democrat

Woodlynne

Borough: Pablo Fuentes, Lavar Edwards, Clyde Cook

Woodlynne Board of Education: Catherine Chukwueke

CAPE MAY COUNTY

Middle Township

Committee: Bob Jackson, Democrat

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Freeholder At-Large: Donna Pearson, Democrat; Darwin Cooper Jr., Republican; Tony Romero, Republican

Bridgeton

Board of Education: Rev. Albert Morgan (incumbent); Ricardo Perez; Kenny Smith-Bey (incumbent); Erica Williams-Smith (incumbent)

Fairfield Township

Board of Education: Janice Carter, Erica Goodwin (incumbent) Ruth Butler

Council: Tommy Clark Jr. (incumbent), Democrat

Vineland

Council: Elizabeth Arthur, Al Vargas (incumbent), Eligio Rodriguez

Board of Education: Cedric Holmes (incumbent); Dennis Rivera

GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Freeholder: Jim Jefferson (incumbent), Democrat

Logan Township Board of Education: Alexis Rhone

Monroe Board of Education: Tiffany Winters-Walker, Bruce Rice, Osco Williams, Latasha Fuller-Williams

Paulsboro

Council: Joe Kidd (incumbent), Democrat; Theodore Holloway (incumbent), Democrat

Swedesboro-Woolwich Board of Education: Vivian Lane

Williamstown

Council: Edward Ruiz, Republican

Woodbury

Ward 1: Donna Miller (incumbent), Democrat

Woodbury Heights Board of Education: Donnetta Beatty

SALEM COUNTY

Carneys Point Township

Council: Charles Newton Jr. (incumbent), Democrat

Penns Grove

Borough Council: Jonathan Carter, Democrat; Charlyn Martin, Democrat; Carl Washington Jr., Democrat

Salem

Council

East Ward: Crystal Walker, Independent

West Ward: Sharon Kellum (incumbent), Democrat

Woodstown

Council: Valerie Spence-Lacy, Democrat

Did we miss you or your candidate? Contact Clyde Hughes ASAP at clyde.hughes@yahoo.com

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