With Election of First Korean-American as Mayor of Cherry Hill and History Making Election of Women Representing Majority of Camden City Council., Camden Continues to Lead New Jersey in Breaking Barriers for Women and Minorities
CAMDEN CITY, NJ (Nov. 6, 2019)--: Camden County Democratic Committee Chairman Jim Beach congratulated all of last night’s Democratic victors across Camden County, with important wins notched in the Cherry Hill mayor’s contest, the Camden City Council, and the Education for Everyone ticket winning the majority of seats on school board in Camden. All of these candidates were backed by the CCDC party during the primary and general elections.
“Tonight, Camden County Democrats once again proved that when good candidates run good campaigns, they win,” said Chairman Beach. “We are so proud of the candidates who won and glad Camden County Democrats were able to play a vital role in their campaigns, from training election day workers to helping get out the vote.”
Importantly, every November, CCDC organizes the largest Election Day operation in South Jersey. This year, CCDC served as a staging location for over 700 organized labor volunteers sent to work in competitive races all over southern New Jersey.
Among the victors last night was Susan Shin Angulo, who became the first Korean-American elected mayor of Cherry Hill with her overwhelming victory. Women were elected to the majority on Camden City Council with wins by Shaneka Boucher (Ward 1), Marilyn Torres (Ward 3), and Felisha Reyes-Morton (Ward 4), Democrats elected the first female mayor of Barrington, Patti Harris, Colleen Bianco-Bezich was elected Commissioner in Haddonfield, and Carmen Rodriguez, the first Latina to serve on the county Freeholder board easily won re-election.
The victories represent a continued commitment by Camden County Democrats to diversity. In recent years, Democrats in Camden County also presided over the first female majority in county government in the state, nominated and elected the first Latina (Nilsa Cruz-Perez) in the history of the New Jersey Legislature and the first African-American woman (Dana Redd) to serve in the state Senate in the 5th Legislative District. We also nominated and elected the first Democratic Latina (Gabriela Mosquera) to serve in a predominantly suburban legislative district. We also elected the first African-American sheriff in Camden County (Arnold Cream, aka “Jersey Joe Walcott”) and the first female County Democratic Co-Chairwoman (Sandi Love).
In addition, Camden County showed it can win tough races tonight as well, with its endorsed candidates winning the majority of the seats on the Camden City School Board. Nyemah Gillespie and Falio Leyba-Martinez won their city school board race by 466 votes and 138 votes, respectively. Additionally Democrats won competitive races against Republicans and Independents in Bellmawr, Chesilhurst, Gloucester Township, Haddon Heights, Haddonfield, Lawnside, Pennsauken, Pine Hill, Stratford, Voorhees, Waterford, and Woodlynne.
For decades CCDC regularly has hosted well-attended grassroots activism, local candidate, legislative and campaign staff, and campaign treasurer trainings on a wide range of topics including: GOTV, field, and vote-by-mail strategies; social media; earned media; compliance; fundraising; best practices/ethics trainings; messaging; opposition and self-research; candidate recruitment; campaign planning/budgeting; scheduling; debate and media prep; advance; coalition-building; among others.
“Camden County runs a year-round, 365-day political operation because of races like these, and because they keep us sharp for important for statewide and national offices,” closed Chairman Beach. “We will build on these successes as we prepare to deliver a huge majority for the Democratic nominee for President of the United States, in the US Senate race, and for our members of Congress. We’ve had great success, but the best days are ahead and we owe that to the hard work and commitment of the thousands of people who volunteer and work to get out the vote on election day.”