Northfield Democrat Councilwoman Susan M. Korngut, an attorney, will run for Atlantic County executive, challenging longtime incumbent Republican Dennis Levinson.
“County government has been stuck in ‘cruise control’ for too long. We need to make bold moves to improve the lives of our residents,” said Korngut. “It’s time for new leadership to tackle the problems we face head on, from growing our economy to combating income inequality to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”
Levinson said he was curious to know Korngut’s definition of ‘status quo’ and is looking forward to debate season.
“I’ll put my record against anyone for what I have done for this community,” he said.
Korngut will seek the Democratic nomination for county executive at the 44th annual Atlantic County Democratic Convention on Sunday at Golden Nugget Atlantic City.
Korngut was elected to Northfield City Council in 2017. She is a graduate of American University and the Dickinson School of Law, she said. She is a family law attorney and owns her own legal practice in Northfield.
“Anyone who has ever stepped into court with me knows I have never been one to make peace with the status quo,” said Korngut. “As a practicing attorney for more than 20 years, I know how to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Every single day, I get to stand up for the underdog, the bullied, the voiceless.”
She previously served on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates and has been active in organizing events to highlight women in politics, survivors of sexual assault and civil rights icons. She was born and raised in Atlantic County.
Levinson, who has held the office since 2001, detailed the accomplishments of his administration, including lowering tax rates, financing the state’s first coastal wind farm and improving the county’s credit rating.
“I’ve never had a budget that has not been supported by the Democrats,” said Levinson. “I’ve had, since I’ve been in office, close to 80 budgets. Whether it’s the library, open space, public health or general, all those budgets have passed.”
“I’m an employee, I’m doing my job, the taxpayers are my employers,” Levinson said. “The only complaint I’ve heard is ‘He’s been in too long; it’s time for change,’ but why would you change something that is doing well?”