BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY — The Congressional Black Caucus PAC and a group of local African American and Latino leaders pledged their support for Congressional candidate Tim Alexander this week.
Alexander, a former law enforcement officer and current civil rights attorney, is running for the New Jersey House of Representatives District 2 seat against Republican incumbent Jeff Van Drew. The two debated on Wednesday night (Oct. 19) at Stockton University.
He’s hoping to become the first African American to ever represent the district.
U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC said Alexander would make a strong supporter in Congress with the rest of the CBC members.
“Our rights are on the ballot this year, and we need to expand our majorities in Congress and the Senate to defend them,” Meeks said in a statement released by the Alexander campaign.
“Tim will be a strong ally in the fights Congress has ahead and I also know that he will remain laser-focused on delivering the best for his district. At this pivotal moment in history, we need his leadership and we are pleased to endorse him.”
Alexander said the Congressional Black Caucus has always been on the front lines of securing and expanding the civil rights guaranteed to American citizens.
“Chairman Meeks, in particular, has been an example of how a congressman can cut through the partisan noise to get real results for his district,” Alexander said. “I look forward to joining and working with the Caucus after we win in November.”
Locally, a coalition of Black and Latino leaders in District 2 also called for Alexander’s support in the November election. Led by Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor, the coalition also included Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Pleasantville Mayor Judy Ward, Atlantic County Commissioner Ernest Coursey and Cumberland County Commissioner Donna Pearson.
Also joining in the support for Alexander were Atlantic City council members Kaleem Shabazz, Aaron “Sporty” Randolph, and Stephanie Marshall; Bridgeton city councilwoman Marian King, and Pleasantville city council members Lawrence “Tony” Davenport, Bertillo “Bert” Correa, Carla Thomas, and Victor Carmona.
“Since he started running over a year ago, Tim has maintained a constant presence and connection in every community across the district,” Minor said.
“Our leadership group could not be more excited to endorse Tim because we know we will finally have a representative in D,C. listening to our needs and delivering solutions instead of paying lip service when Tim is elected.”
Alexander said he was humbled by the local support.
“My campaign has always been about giving the people of South Jersey a seat at the table in Washington,” Alexander said. “To have so many accomplished leaders who have been delivering for their constituents across South Jersey voice their support is truly amazing.
“I promise that once I am elected in November, I will hold myself up to their standard and bring home the resources we do sorely need.”
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