LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston business executive Mark Dunec officially declared his candidacy yesterday as a Democrat for the 11th District congressional seat currently held by 10-term Republican representative Rodney Frelinghuysen. The announcement comes two weeks after the elections in which Democrats retained control of the New Jersey Legislature.

Dunec’s candidacy was recently announced at the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany, where Democratic leaders gathered in political support for the first-time candidate for Congress.

Dunec told the crowd he shares their concerns over unemployment, the growing national debt and “a Congress that has been hijacked by people more willing to shut down the government than solve problems.” He also promised to represent a return to fiscal responsibility, social consideration and personal accountability in Washington, D.C.

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“We need to change the conversation in Washington — away from rigid ideologies and toward common sense solutions,” said Dunec. “In contrast to my opponent’s partisan voting record of siding 92-plus percent of the time with his fellow Republicans — including his recent about-face vote to shut down the government — my office will be known for pursuing solutions across the aisle, without regard to party affiliations or special interest influence.

Even though the 11th District has been historically dominated by Republican majority, Dunec expressed confidence that he could win the seat as a Democrat. He pointed to evidence such as the October Public Policy poll which showed a Democrat challenger would defeat Frelinghuysen by 8 percentage points. Dunec also shared data which claims that the incumbent has high disapproval levels among voters in the district.

“When I look at the lack of leadership this district has suffered — for almost 20 years — I am determined to fill the void,” Dunec said. “You deserve better. Washington must do better. It’s time for the status quo to go.”  

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