The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Assemblywoman Nilsa Cruz-Perez (D-Camden) will not seek re-election to an eighth term this year. A formal announcement is expected today. Cruz-Perez, 48, was first elected to the Assembly in a 1995 special election convention to replace Wayne Bryant, who moved up to the State Senate. She ran for Mayor of Camden in 2005, but lost to incumbent Gwendolyn Faison.
The vacancy on the Democratic ticket in the Democratic-dominated fifth district is likely to be the second this year. State Sen. Dana Redd is almost a shoo-in to win election as Camden Mayor, which will result in a vacant State Senate seat in January.
Cruz-Perez was the first Hispanic woman to win election to the New Jersey Legislature. Her retirement follows a recent announcement that another Camden County Assemblywoman, freshman Sandra Love (D-Gloucester Township), will not seek run again.