Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, who has led the county since 2000, is running for re-election, he said Tuesday.

He will be officially nominated at the Atlantic County Republican Party convention Saturday at Linwood Country Club.

Levinson will face off against challenger Susan Korngut, a Democrat who is a Northfield attorney and councilwoman.

“I am looking forward to an honest discourse and debating as many times as we possibly can,” said Levinson. “I will put my record of service against my opponent’s or anyone else’s. We have a lot to be proud of here in the county.”

He said he will stress the need to keep the county going forward on projects his administration has initiated, such as diversifying the county’s economy, developing aviation education and jobs around the airport, and continuing to provide health, transportation and meal services to Atlantic City residents to help the resort save money.

Levinson also said the county has remained financially sound — in the top 18 percent of counties nationwide for bond ratings — in spite of having to refund $78 million in successful tax appeals over the past decade. Most of the refunds went to Atlantic City casinos.

Korngut accepted her party’s nomination to run for county executive at last weekend’s Atlantic County Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. She said she would talk about what she would do differently in running the county over the next weeks and months of the campaign.

But she said it’s time for a change and called Levinson the “status quo.” When she announced her candidacy, she said the county was stuck in “cruise control.”

“Anyone who believes the county is on ‘cruise control’ has not been paying attention,” Levinson said. “I suggest they look around and do their homework before making inaccurate statements that may reflect a lack of knowledge.”

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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