Can History Be Made In Atlantic County, NJ District 1?
Democrats like Ernest Coursey have held the Atlantic County Board of Commissioners seat in District 1 for its entire existence.
It’s been a guaranteed outcome, as a result of the near monolithic voting for the Democratic Nominee by voters in Atlantic City and Pleasantville.
However, the upcoming November 8, 2022 General Election result could be different.
For the first time, it’s not automatic. Coursey will actually have to campaign in hopes of keeping his seat.
Not long ago, Coursey called Egg Harbor Township, “A White Town.” Now, Coursey is running in one Egg Harbor Township election district.
In the recent redistricting, that takes place every 10 years as a part of the United States Census process, the District 1 seat has been significantly changed.
In the past, the Democratic Nominee simply couldn’t lose. It was just about automatic. A Republican candidate could not win enough support in Atlantic City and Pleasantville to stand any chance.
Now, Pleasantville has been moved to District 2 and Ventnor, Margate, Longport and Egg Harbor Township’s election district # 13 has been added to the County Commissioner in district 1.
We looked at the results of Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson’s last election. This new district was not yet established … However, when you add the votes of these cities, Levinson won the new district 1 … proving that a Republican can win this district.
Now, to be fair, Levinson is the most prodigious vote-getter at the county level, in Atlantic County history.
Yet, it does open the door for Republican challenger Vern Macon.
Macon should be able to pull more support from Atlantic City voters, when compared to any Republican nominee in the past.
This is because Macon has amassed a lifetime of community and business involvement in Atlantic City.
Macon is a woman of color, who has demonstrated an ability to connect with voters, both urban and suburban.
Macon has also receive formal endorsements from four Democratic members of the Atlantic City Council. Council president George Tibbitt, Councilman Jesse Kurtz, Councilman Bruce E. Weekes and Councilwoman LaToya Dunston.
The contest between Coursey and Macon for a 3-year term will be decided on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.