CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Cape May County Democrats have unanimously endorsed Bill Hughes to run against incumbent Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, in the November election.
Hughes, an Ocean City native who lives in Northfield, now has the party endorsement from all eight counties in the district for the June 3 primary against David Cole, of Gloucester County.
“I’m honored to have the support of my hometown county Democrats, the Cape May County Democrats, and to have been awarded the party line by all eight counties. Coalescing support from all four corners of our district is crucial to our success, so today starts a new chapter in our campaign, one of unification and collective strength,” Hughes said.
Hughes was nominated by Jeffery April as the Democrats met Wednesday night. April made light of Hughes challenging the man who replaced his father, former U.S. Rep. William Hughes, in 1995.
“For 20 years, we’ve had a bench-sitter, and prior to that we had a great congressman. Bill Hughes Jr. is the son of that congressman,” April said.
Hughes followed with a speech to the faithful.
“I’m running for United States Congress because it is broken,” Hughes said.
The former federal prosecutor, now an Atlantic City attorney, said he deals with many clients, including businesses, affected by the poor economy and high unemployment in the region. He said LoBiondo has failed to deliver on his promises.
“We’ve seen the bold statements on what was going to be and then the excuses,” Hughes said.
Democratic Chairman Jim Pickering blamed national problems on the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and said the way to change that is to elect Democrats. Pickering said Hughes would fight for “working- and middle-class families.”
“I’m confident Bill Hughes is that leader who will take us into the future and make us a better place,” Pickering said.
Hughes and LoBiondo still must win primaries to set up a November battle. Hughes said he is not very familiar with Cole, who served as a technology adviser in President Barack Obama’s administration.
“He moved here in November and was running for office in January. He’s running on his convictions and is trying. I give it to anyone who wants to be involved in the process,” Hughes said.
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