Press release/July 29,2015/CNBNewsnet
(BELLMAWR, NJ) - 5th Legislative District Democratic leadersnominated Camden City Councilman Arthur Barclay and Camden County Surrogate Patricia Egan Jones to join the ticket led by Senator Nilsa Cruz-Perez in this fall’s elections. Mrs. Jones will replace Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, who resigned from his seat effective July 1, both in office and on the ballot this November. Mr. Barclay will replace Holly Cass, the winner of the Democratic primary, for the second Assembly slot on the ticket. Members of the Camden and Gloucester County Democratic Committees in the 5th District made the nominations evening at the Bellmawr Park Fire Hall.
“We are very happy that Pat and Art will serve as part of this year’s team for the Legislature,” said State Senator Fred Madden (D-4), Chairman of the Gloucester County Democratic Committee. “A ticket led by Senator Cruz-Perez and including strong leaders like Art and Pat allows for a continuation of the excellent service Democrats have provided the people of South Jersey," continued Madden.
A dedicated public servant, Surrogate Jones has been active in the community for more than thirty years in government and at a host of nonprofit and service organizations. She was the long-time chief of staff for the late Senator Walter Rand, who represented the District for two decades, and to former State Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr., who also represented the 5th District. Surrogate Jones also played a critical role in bringing the U.S.S. New Jersey to the Camden waterfront. For her dedication and achievements, Jones was honored as one of Rutgers’ “fifty finest” graduates during their 50th Anniversary celebration held in 2000.
“In the Assembly, I will work with my colleagues to make sure that South Jersey continues to get its fair share from Trenton, especially needed funding for our schools and world-class higher education institutions,” said Mrs. Jones, a longtime resident of Barrington, who also lived in Gloucester County. “I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in Trenton and represent the interests of every community in the 5th Legislative District.”
Arthur Barclay was born and raised in the City of Camden, educated in Camden City public schools and starred on the Camden High School basketball team, where he led the team to State Championship and Tournament of Champions titles and served as Captain during his Junior and Senior years. A graduate of the University of Memphis, where he received his B.A. degree in Sociology, Councilman Barclay was elected to his first term as a Councilman-At-Large in 2014 -- the highest vote-getter in the City Council election. Barclay is focused on youth outreach and volunteers with several organizations that encourage youth involvement and leadership, including Camden High Men’s Basketball Team, Below the Rim Basketball Program and South Jersey Rising Stars.
“In the Legislature, I will do what I’ve done throughout my career: focus on helping working families build better lives for themselves and their children,” said Mr. Barclay. “We need to keep South Jersey affordable for middle class families in every community – whether the City of Camden or suburban communities like Woodbury, Deptford and the many other towns that make up the 5th Legislative District.”
Mrs. Jones and Mr. Barclay will join the ticket led by Senator Cruz-Perez, the first Latina to serve in the New Jersey Legislature. Senator Cruz-Perez faces her first Senate election in November after being appointed to fill the unexpired term of now-Congressman Donald Norcross in December 2014.
“We thank Assemblyman Fuentes for his service and Ms. Cass for her willingness to step aside for Art Barclay. We owe each a debt of gratitude,” said State Senator Jim Beach, Chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee. “We believe the Democratic ticket brings experience, fresh energy and broad perspective to our ticket and in their service to our community. It’s an excellent team across the board and we are very excited about this fall’s elections.”