Gary Stein

Gary Stein

Bill Gross, Oct. 22, 2010

Frequent political candidate Gary Stein has become the first person to formally announce a run for a seat in the state Assembly.

Stein, 56, of Mullica Township, said he is running for the Democratic nomination in part to draw attention to his ideas for the overhaul of Atlantic City, which include bringing the 2016 Democratic National Convention to the resort, which hosted the party’s 1964 convention.

“It’s time for a ground-up overhaul of Atlantic City,” said Stein, who owns an office-cleaning business.

He also called for changing the nation’s tax code to reduce income taxes to a single 65 percent bracket for people earning more than $500,000 and a 35 percent levy on interest and capital gains, in addition to a sales tax.

This is Stein’s second Assembly campaign, following three bids for Congress and one for governor.

Last year’s 2nd District races for Senate and Assembly were the most expensive in the state, costing a total $5.2 million. The district includes most of Atlantic County.

Other people with active files with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission on Friday include incumbent Assemblymen John Amodeo and Chris Brown, both R-Atlantic, and state Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic. Former Assemblyman Vince Polistina, who unsuccessfully challenged Whelan in 2011, filed initial paperwork in June to take on Whelan again in 2013 but has not reported any fundraising.

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