Dana Redd says she will give up her county job and not seek re-election as a Camden City Councilwoman if voters elect her to the State Senate in November. Redd is seeking for the fifth district seat of State Sen. Wayne Bryant, who announced his retirement shortly before his indictment on corruption charges last month. She is the considerable favorite to win the seat in the heavily Democratic district.
Redd's term as a Councilwoman ends on July 1, 2009, which means the opponent to dual officeholding will serve in both jobs for about eighteen months, if she wins. She says she will remain in her unpaid post as Vice Chairwoman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee.
Reed made her pledge to give up her other government positions while announcing that the United Building Trades Council of Southern New Jersey had endorsed her candidacy.
Senate Minority Leader Leonard Lance continues to oppose dual officeholding. "Dual office holding creates obvious andunambiguous conflicts of interest and should have been outlawedlongago," Lance said. "Republican Senators will continue tolead the chargeto banthe practice without exception."