Democrat Stephanie Schmid, the former state department official running for a congressional seat in the 4th District, this evening reported her early fundraising totals since formally launching her campaign.
“I have now raised over $100,000 from more than 350 grassroots donors in less than a month,” Schmid told InsiderNJ.
Schmid of Little Silver, a 39-year-old attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights and a N.J. native, launched her campaign on Sept. 7th.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve been able to do in just a month and can’t wait to hit the ground running tomorrow at the start of Q4,” said the candidate. “Those numbers don’t lie. People are ready for a change in NJ-04.”
First sworn in as a United States Foreign Services Officer in 2011, she spent seven years working for the U.S. State Department – including as a political officer in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and in a consular assignment in Brazil – before resigning rather than representing the country under the auspices of what she describes as the reproductive rights-attacking Trump Administration.
Now running to displace him, Schmid once interned in the office of U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, (R-4), New Jersey’s longest serving congressman and the state’s last-standing Republican.
Smith last year defeated Democratic challenger Josh Welle 55-43%. Welle won’t run again this year, but the man he defeated for the nomination, tavern owner Jim Keady, appears poised to run again.
The tavern owner was in the Bahamas earlier this month assisting the victims of Hurricane Dorian.
At the very least, Schmid will have company from those already-declared other Democrats in CD4: David Applefield of Red Bank, representative for special projects for The Financial Times Newspaper; nonprofit healthcare lobbyist Tiffany Kaszuba of Howell, vice-president of Cavarocchi, Ruscio, Dennis Associates LLC; and Christine Conforti of Ocean Grove, a leadership and business coach.