Ex-GOP Freeholder from Camden running for U.S. Senate

Among the seven Independents running for the United States Senate in 2006 is 77-year-old N. Leonard Smith, who is running as the “Solidarity, Defend Life” candidate. Smith is no newcomer to New Jersey politics: he served as a Camden County Freeholder in the early 1960’s and sought the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in 1976, winning 6.2% of the vote in a four-candidate field that was won (with 68%) by David Norcross, now New Jersey’s Republican National Committeeman. A retired high school track coach, Smith’s late wife was the longtime Northfield Deputy Municipal Clerk. Smith’s running mate in his 1963 Freeholder campaign: Thomas Shusted, who went on to serve in the State Assembly with future Governor Thomas Kean.