Black and Hispanic 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 Hispanic candidates are making their presence known 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 Hispanic community who have taken the call and run for officer to represent their communities. Here is the list of African American and Hispanic candidates running in Nov. 3 general election in South Jersey.

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U.S. Senator

Cory Booker (incumbent), Democrat


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


Council: Otto Hernandez, Republican

Northfield-Mainland Regional

Board of Education: Evelyn Perez


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


Board of Education: Miriam Vives-Rivera


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


Council: Sandy Henley (incumbent), Democrat

Willingboro Township

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


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


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


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


Borough: Pablo Fuentes, Lavar Edwards, Clyde Cook

Woodlynne Board of Education: Catherine Chukwueke


Middle Township

Committee: Bob Jackson, Democrat


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


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


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

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


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


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

Swedesboro-Woolwich Board of Education: Vivian Lane


Council: Edward Ruiz, Republican


Ward 1: Donna Miller (incumbent), Democrat

Woodbury Heights Board of Education: Donnetta Beatty


Carneys Point Township

Council: Charles Newton Jr. (incumbent), Democrat

Penns Grove

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



East Ward: Crystal Walker, Independent

West Ward: Sharon Kellum (incumbent), Democrat


Council: Valerie Spence-Lacy, Democrat

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