BY CLYDE HUGHES | AC JosepH Media
ATLANTIC CITY — The Atlantic City-based political organizer Stephenine Dixon, who has worked for many of the biggest names in politics nationally and locally, said she is hanging up her campaign banners.
Dixon, who developed a national reputation as a leading political operative, has served clients as diverse as former President Barack Obama, secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Transportation Secretary Pete Butigieg and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams.
She has organized locally for Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small, Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Phil Murphy, late Sen. Jim Whelan, State Sen. Troy Singleton and U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson-Coleman.
She most recently worked for Tim Alexander in his bid to unseat Republican Jeff Van Drew for the U.S. Representative District 2 seat.
“I am thankful for the journey,” said Dixon on Facebook last week. “My team and I won the Iowa Caucuses, presidential, Congressional, governor, senate, assembly commissioner, mayor, city council, school board referendum and historical races.
“As a black woman, born and raised in Atlantic City, I am extremely proud of the work I have done. Hundreds of thousands of hours of sweat, sleepless nights, I put in to raise awareness of the importance of voting while ensuring communities are covered with their voices that could lead to a better democracy. That is what I have championed through 30-plus years.”
Dixon added, “I have no regrets; for I have loved every race. I endured.”
Dixon said while she traveled the country from Oregon to Georgia helping campaigns, she also enjoyed local issues and even served her turn on the Atlantic City school board and city council.
“I was on the committee for the change of government in Atlantic City, which helped people of color to be able to hold office in top positions,” Dixon said. “I have enjoyed working with Safe and Strong in Oregon and … to help the homeless to work and help our team knock on 177,000 doors to get people vaccinated through COVID.
“Our team won the [Sen. Raphael] Warnock and [Sen. Jon] Ossoff race on my turf, DeKalb County, in Georgia, which is historical. Our team in Philadelphia won 80% in the Biden presidential election while registering people on the highways and byways and housed in some of the worse areas in Philly and hit those streets seven days a week to help secure the win.”
Dixon said some races were not about the money, campaigning for some with little or no money because the cause was more important.
“I don’t owe anyone anything,” Dixon said. “I was always my own consultant and learned the process of hard work. I traveled the country, paved the way to my success of saying, ‘I did it my way.'”
She thanked all the candidates who hired her, volunteers who helped her organize and most importantly all the people who voted.
She gave special thanks to her mentor Regena Thomas for, “the support and love you have given me, never wavering and I am truly thankful.”
Other campaigns Dixon noted working on in her career included Gov. Jon Corzine, Gov. Jim McGreevey, Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo, Assemblyman John Amato, Atlantic County Commissioner Ernest Coursey, and former Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford.
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