Mayor Marty Small. Photo courtesy of Marty Small campaign.


ATLANTIC CITY — Congressional candidate Tim Alexander continued to solidify his endorsements among officials of color last week with Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small Sr. and three city council members, including President Aaron “Sporty” Randolph pledging their support.

Dr. Thelma Witherspoon, vice chair of the Atlantic County Democratic Party, also pledged her support.

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The support has helped Alexander gain some early momentum in what is expected to be a competitive Democratic primary in the U.S. House District 2 race to face Republican incumbent Jeff Van Drew.

“As the mayor of one of the most prominent cities in New Jersey, without question, I give my full support and endorsement to Tim Alexander,” Small said in an endorsement statement last week. “I know our region will be in good hands with a champion like Tim working for us in D.C.”

Small’s chief of staff Ernest Coursey, who also serves District 1 on the Atlantic County Board of Commissioners, earlier pledged his support for Alexander.

Randolph joined Council Vice President Kaleem Shabazz and at-large Councilwoman Stephanie Marshall in a statement supporting Alexander.

“The Second Congressional District deserves a representative who will pledge to represent the best interests of the constituents and not a political personality,” the three said in their statement. “Tim Alexander respects the rule of law, the absolute right of women to make their own health decisions and will work every day to improve the lives of residents.”

Witherspoon, who sits on the Hamilton Township Committee, is the pastor of the Westminister Christian Worship Center in Atlantic City, and is one of the party leaders in Atlantic County.

‘Tim’s integrity, compassion, and vision for a brighter future resonates deeply with me and aligns closely with the values we hold dear here in Hamilton Township, “Witherspoon said in a statement. “His proven track record of collaboration and effectiveness in driving positive change makes him the clear choice to represent our interests at the federal level.”

Alexander also won the support of Corbin City Municipal Chair Matthew Kane.

“Tim has worked effectively in Atlantic County for years,” Kane said. “I know Tim is the leader we need at this time to move our region forward.”

Alexander won the Democratic Party nomination to go against Van Drew in 2020 and is trying to win it for a second time.

The New Jersey primary is scheduled for June 4.

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