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2017 Voter Guide

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2017 Voter Guide

Who's who in the 3rd & 9th District races?

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2017 New Jersey Senate candidates

Senate – District 3

Stephen Sweeney

• Age: 58

• County: Gloucester

• Party: Democrat

• Sweeney has served in the NJ Senate for 13 years and was named Senate President in 2010. Sweeney believes in investing in transportation and education in order to create jobs and ensure financial stability in New Jersey. In 2014, he publicly opposed Governor Christie’s pension overhauls in an effort to maintain the state’s current retirement system, and he sponsored a 2017 bill requiring municipalities in need of stabilization to offer early retirement incentives.


Senate – District 3

Fran Grenier

• Age: 52

• County: Salem

• Party: Republican

• A U.S. Navy veteran and former PSEG Nuclear employee, Grenier has also been involved in local politics for the past decade, serving as a commissioner on the Salem County Board of Taxation and as a councilman for the Borough of Woodstown. He opposes middle-class tax hikes including the gas tax and believes in reforming education in South Jersey. Aimed at eradicating “corruption in Trenton,” Grenier said he will propose 12-year maximum terms for all Assembly and Senate seats.


Senate – District 9

Brian Corley White

• Age: N/A

• County: Ocean

• Party: Democrat

• White is a criminal defense lawyer who has also served as an assistant deputy public defender in Monmouth County and in the Staff Judge Advocate’s Office at Fort Monmouth.


Senate – District 9

Christopher Connors

• Age: 61

• County: Ocean

• Party: Republican

• Connors served in the General Assembly from 1989 to 2007 and as the Assistant Majority leader for three years. He was then elected to the Senate chamber and is currently on the Military and Veterans' Affairs Committee as well as the Community and Urban Affairs Committee. Recently, Connors has supported a legislative initiative aimed to protect consumers, especially senior citizens, from telemarketing harassment.


2017 New Jersey General Assembly candidates

Assembly – District 3

John Burzichelli

• Age: 62

• County: Gloucester

• Party: Democrat

• Burzichelli has served in the General Assembly since 2002. He has pushed to improve access to affordable healthcare, cap state spending and protect employment in South Jersey by investing in local small businesses. As a member of the Tourism, Gaming and the Arts Committee, he has recently supported a bill that would regulate fantasy sports games in New Jersey casinos and other businesses.


Assembly – District 3

Adam Taliaferro

• Age: 35

• County: Gloucester

• Party: Democrat

• Taliaferro was appointed to the chamber in 2015 after serving on the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders from 2011 to 2014. He is the Vice Chair of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and works to protect local farmers by promoting Jersey Fresh products and growth opportunities for the agricultural industry. He is also on the Assembly Education Committee where he fights to expand quality education and protect the rights of students.


Assembly District 3

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Philip Donohue

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Philip Donohue

• Age: 67

• County: Salem

• Party: Republican

• DESCRIPTION - Donohue spent  25 years as a teacher in inner-city Philadelphia, and experience he says allowed him to see the waste and inefficiency there. He advocates now for "fair share" funding for rural and suburban school districts.


Assembly – District 3

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Linwood Donelson

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Linwood Donelson

• Age: 26

• County: Salem

• Party: Republican

• A graduate of Rutgers School of Law in Camden, Donelson has been a member of the Salem County Special Services and Vocational Technical School District board since 2013. He has advocated for state funding of charter schools, the Affordable Care Act and LGBTQ rights.


Assembly – District 3

Edward R. Durr

• Age: 32

• County: Gloucester

• Party: One For All

• Durr is a conservative blue collar worker with no political experience. He has stated that he believes in fiscal responsibility, smaller government and second amendment rights. He vows to represent the working middle class and lower taxes.


Assembly – District 9

Jill Dobrowansky

• Age: 47

• County: Ocean

• Party: Democratic

• Dobrowansky is a public school administrator and former elementary school teacher. She stands for eradicating domestic terrorism, offering affordable healthcare to all NJ residents, promoting responsible energy production and ensuring quality education, including debt-free college tuition.


Assembly – District 9

Ryan Young

• Age: 35

• County: Ocean

• Party: Democratic

• Young served in the U.S. Army from 2006 to 2014. He is the chairman of the Military & Veteran Caucus of the New Jersey Young Democrats, co-president of the Ocean County Young Democrats, and a member of the Stafford Democrats Club. He has stated that he will work for all veterans, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, and members of the working middle class.


Assembly – District 9

Brian Rumpf

• Age: 53

• County: Ocean

• Party: Republican

• Rumpf is running for re-election to the state assembly, where he has served since 2003. Previously, he was mayor of Little Egg Harbor Township from 2000 to 2005. He has worked to enhance New Jersey’s coastal coordinated evacuation procedures during his time as vice chair of the Assembly Coastal New Jersey Evacuation Task Force. He has protected victims of Superstorm Sandy and advocated for small business through denying the expansion of paid family leave.


Assembly – District 9

DiAnne Gove

• Age: 66

• County: Ocean

• Party: Republican

• Gove is running for re-election to the state assembly, where she has served since 2009. Gove was mayor of Long Beach Township from 2004 to 2008 and served on the Ocean County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women from 1986 to 1998. In 2011, she helped establish a law which enhances outreach initiatives to expand the number of veteran-owned businesses eligible to benefit from state contracting.

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