By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
GALLOWAY â€“ Democratic Congressional candidate Tim Alexander received a big boost in his campaign Thursday when he received the support of former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and his wife Amy Kennedy, who ran for the seat he is contesting for nearly two years ago.
The full-throated support came at a fundraiser in Galloway, attended by Kennedy, who represented the House in Rhode Island and is the son of the late longtime U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy.
Amy Kennedy lost a tight hard-fought race in 2020 trying to unseat Republican Jeff Van Drew, who switched parties to support former president Donald Trump. Alexander, who won the endorsement of the Atlantic County Democratic Party recently, is hoping to win the party’s nomination to take a shot at Van Drew in the fall.
The couple, who lives in nearby Brigantine, were among other local high-profile Democrats who attended the fundraiser on behalf of Alexander, including Atlantic County commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick.
“Tim represents the kind of change we need,” Patrick Kennedy said in a video posted by The Society Page. “He’s serious, someone who has been in the trenches. He stood to define himself through service throughout a lifetime in criminal justice. We need that kind of leader. We have some big challenges.
“Our justice system is tragically the de facto mental health system in our country. Too many people with mental illness and drug addiction end up in jail because we have no other public health response to the needs of our people. We have a great candidate and I think Tim will be the kind of guy who will address these problems.”
Amy Kennedy, who won the Democratic nomination two years ago despite not winning the party’s endorsement for the House District 2 seat, said she believes Alexander is the right candidate for the moment.
“He’s going to do a great job and we know he’s going to defeat Van Drew,” Amy Kennedy said. “This is such an important time in this country and we think Tim is going to bring the sensibility of someone who has worked in law enforcement, someone who has family who is invested in healthcare and knows the struggles of the people of South Jersey.
Alexander is competing for the Democratic party’s nomination against Carolyn Rush and Hector Tavarez.
The district, which is considered â€œpurpleâ€ politically after long being one of the few Republican strongholds in the state, covers Salem, Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic counties and portions of Gloucester, Camden, Burlington and Ocean counties.
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