Evans drops first district challenge

David Evans has decided to drop his candidacy to succeed Rep. Rob Andrews.

Evans, a pastor from Sicklerville, was running for the Democratic nomination for the first district seat currently held by Andrews, who’s leaving that office to run for U.S. Senate. Andrews’s wife, Camille, is running in her husband’s stead as a placeholder candidate while South Jersey powerbrokers decide on a new candidate to put into the race.

Camille Andrews has said that she plans to campaign, but will step aside if asked by party leadership.

Evans spokesman Brandon Bell said that the decision was based on “personal reasons,” and because he needed to devote his time to running the Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold.

“It’s the gravity of it, the stress on the church,” said Bell.

Bell said that Evans has not made any endorsements in the race, and that he did not face pressure from any other candidates to drop out.

Two Democratic candidates remain on the ballot in addition to Camille Andrews: Camden resident Mahdi Ibn-Ziyad and Blackwood resident John Caramanna.

Evans drops first district challenge