HAMMONTON — The Democrat challenger for Atlantic County executive has removed himself from the race over health concerns.

“With regret I will be suspending my campaign and dropping out of the race for Atlantic County executive,” James E. Schroeder III, of Hammonton, said in a statement.

He was nominated by the Atlantic County Democrats to run against Republican incumbent Dennis Levinson.

"Everyone who knows him tells me he's a decent man. I wish him well," said Levinson. "I understand, I know the stress and strain of running."

Schroeder is an attorney and pastor, and recently opened Cedar Creek Realty in Egg Harbor City with a partner, real estate broker Harry E. Mehlman Jr.

“After consulting with my doctor, I simply do not have the heart for the campaign and its rigors,” Schroeder said. “I thank all those who have supported me and will continue to try to help people regardless of title or position.”

Schroeder owns the Schroeder Law Group, with offices in Hammonton and Egg Harbor City. He is the municipal prosecutor in Port Republic and Estell Manor, and the land use attorney for Egg Harbor City, Buena Vista Township and Estell Manor.

He is also the president of the Greater Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce and a preaching elder at Crossroads Community Church in Indian Mills, Burlington County.

Schroeder and his wife, Amanda, a speech language therapist in the Buena Regional school district, have three children: A.J., 8; Bowen, 6; and Katie, 3.

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