Mazzeo won’t Run against Brown for LD2 Senate Seat; Bell to Run Instead
By Max Pizarro |
March 15, 2017, 2:27 pm | in Caucus Room
Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-2) won’t run for the senate seat being vacated by state Senator Jim Whelan in LD2.
Former freeholder Colin Bell will instead seek the seat for the Democratic Party.
“After much thought, I have decided to forgo seeking the State Senate seat being vacated by my friend Senator Jim Whelan and instead seek re-election to the General Assembly,” Mazzeo said in a statement.
“With my father’s passing last week and the realization that now more than ever my duty to
my family our business is growing, I need to be able to balance my responsibilities to my store and my job as Assemblyman,” he added. ‘I know the job and the tremendous time and effort it requires, and I’m ready to continue to serve and run for re-election to the Assembly to fight for all of Atlantic County.”
Mazzeo will run on an assembly ticket with Bell, who will take a shot at senate.
The decision by the assemblyman clears the way for Assemblyman Chris Brown (R-2) to take the pole position for Whelan’s seat.
Not if Bell has anything to do with it.
“Assemblyman Mazzeo is a rare breed of public servant,” said the attorney turned top of the ticket candidate. “I commend him and I’m incredibly humbled and appreciative of his support for me to succeed Jim Whelan as the next Senator from Atlantic County. Senator Whelan has been a political mentor to me, and he has big shoes to fill.I look forward to serving with the same honesty, integrity and passion for protecting our hardworking families that Senator Whelan demonstrated over his long and successful career in public service.
“Serving Atlantic County on the Freeholder Board was one of the greatest honors of my life,” Bell added. “As your Senator, I’ll bring the same no-nonsense attitude to Trenton to shake up the business as usual politics that’s leaving our state in a deepening economic hole. We need jobs, industries and businesses and we need to protect New Jersey’s women and students. Restoring funding for essential women’s health services and reforming predatory student loan lending practices, issues already being tackled head on by my running mate Vince Mazzeo, will be some of my top priorities.”