March 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM
Three Democratic candidates who will vie for State office in New Jersey’s 24th Legislative District officially kicked off their campaign today on the Green in Newton.
Sussex County Democratic Committee Executive Director Ed Selby introduced the candidates. They are Dr. Richard Tomko, who is running for State Senate, and Susan Williams and William (“Bill”) Weightman, who are running for State Assembly. The trio will run as a campaign team under the name of “Democratic 24th – 2013”.
The trio’s first step will be to secure the Party’s endorsement at a Sussex County Democratic Convention scheduled to be held in Newton on March 23, 2013. Then they will seek the Democratic nomination in this June’s primary. They are the expected to challenge Incumbents State Senator Steven Oroho, Assemblywoman Allison McHose and Assemblyman-Elect Parker Space in the November general election.
Each candidate made a brief statement at this afternoon’s press conference.
Senate candidate Dr. Tomko, who serves as Superintendent of Schools in Elmwood Park, NJ, focused his remarks on Senator Oroho’s unsatisfactory record on weapons safety, a record that has been placed in the limelight because the recent tragedies involving the weapons violence across our nation. “Let’s be clear, we are not speaking about gun control, we are talking about weapons control, weapons that too often kill innocent victims – our children.”
Next to speak was Susan Williams, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and former Sussex County Freeholder candidate. Susan’s platform will continue to focus on smart growth given our unique topography and drawing a younger population to the county by encouraging development of walkable communities while always having an eye towards protecting our natural resources, public health and the beauty of our 24th district. “I believe that economic stability and growth need not be at the expense of public health or environmental degradation.”
Bill Weightman, recently retired from his post as New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Administrator, spoke about the current administration’s failure to create jobs and lower New Jersey’s unemployment rate which currently ranks 4th highest in the nation. “The greatest form of social reform is getting someone a job. Our goal is to engage in job creation and develop quality jobs in our area to continue the American dream and our region’s aspirations.”
The candidates have been busy assembling their campaign team in recent weeks in anticipation of a vigorous election season.