LaPlaca and Natale.


The pair are running for two seats in the 8th Legislative District on the ticket with Senator Dawn Addiego


Evesham, New Jersey – Today Mark Natale and Allison Eckel announced their candidacies for the General Assembly in the 8th Legislative District, which comprises the eastern half of Burlington County, parts of Camden County, and Hammonton Township in Atlantic County.

Mark Natale, an employee rights attorney, parent, and resident of Evesham Township, is running again after a close Assembly race in 2019.

“When I ran in 2019, I was proud of the energy and movement we created in our community. We live in a world that still highlights too many of the same problems that motivated me to run before. The pandemic has only served to underscore our greatest needs as a society. As an employee rights attorney, I know too well the gut-wrenching experience of sitting across the table from a mother who doesn’t know where her next paycheck is coming from. Or the fight for a young family to secure health care after their company disappeared during the pandemic. COVID-19 has been the ultimate reminder that we built a society with too many families being one bump in the road away from falling off course. That’s why I want to represent South Jersey and take my experience fighting for working families and my passion for public service to the State House.”

Allison Eckel is a marketing specialist, resident of Medford Township, parent, and one of two Medford representatives on the Lenape Regional High School District Board of Education. Allison joins the ticket with a history of community service and supporting local youth programs and business organizations.

“When I began elected public office on the Lenape Regional High School Board of Education, I did so with an eye to improving the lives of children and families in Burlington County.  Now, those same values will inform my campaign for the State Assembly. In my life, I’ve had the privilege of serving my community in several capacities, including mentoring children and serving on the board of the Medford Education Foundation. In these extremely challenging times, I am eager to take my experiences to the State Assembly, and fight for the priorities I hear about from my neighbors every day. I will work hard to ensure this community receives its fair share of school funding, which will help reduce and stabilize our property taxes. I will dedicate myself to eliminating wasteful government spending that chokes off the innovation that I know New Jersey is capable of, and I am looking forward to running with Mark and Senator Addiego for the privilege to serve the 8th Legislative District.”

Mark and Allison are running on the Democratic ticket with Senator Dawn Addiego, who stated that “our ticket represents the values and ideals of working men and women in Burlington, Camden and Atlantic Counties. Together, we will build on the successes we’ve already accomplished for middle-class families, like expanding paid sick leave, creating the nation’s strongest equal pay law, and raising the income limits on the Senior Property Tax Freeze program. This team will prioritize economic relief for small businesses in the wake of COVID-19, and make South Jersey a more affordable place to raise a family. It is an honor to run for reelection alongside fantastic and dedicated people like Mark and Allison, whose passion for public service will make them assets in the State Assembly.”

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