Two days in front of a scheduled campaign kickoff by a Republican rival, 12th District Republican congressional candidate Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre announced that Bill Spadea, Republican grassroots leader and former District 12 Congressional Republican nominee, has joined the Halfacre for Congress campaign as a senior advisor.
Spadea will assist with overall strategy, grassroots outreach and fundraising.
“I am thrilled that Bill Spadea has decided to join my team,” said Halfacre. “Bill was the first person I reached out to when I decided to run because he ran the kind of hardworking, grassroots campaign I’ve been running. His positive influence extends far past his hometown of Princeton or Mercer County; he is widely respected throughout the district and the state as an articulate voice for conservative principles and political strategy. His advice will be invaluable to me in my effort to defeat Rush Holt.”
Spadea, president of Building the New Majority, a grassroots political organization co-founded by Republican businessman (and major motion picture subject) John Crowley, spoke favorably about Halfacre’s campaign.
“I was impressed with Mike when we met in the spring and as I’ve followed his campaign for the last 8 months I think he’s said and done all the right things,” said the 2004 Republican nominee, who lost to U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-Hopewell Twp.) 59-41%. “I know this district, and it won’t be won solely with a top down approach through television and radio. It will take someone with Mike’s record of cutting taxes and spending in Fair Haven, combined with a strong grassroots campaign organized at the neighborhood level to be successful.
“Mike already has a great head start reaching out to Republican, unaffiliated, and Democratic voters who gave Chris Christie a 16,000 vote victory in this district last November,” added Spadea. “I’m looking forward to sharing my knowledge of the district, and ideas regarding grassroots organizing and fundraising with Mike and the campaign team. I believe Mike is the right person, with the right message, to defeat Rush Holt in November.”12th District Republican congressional candidate Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre announced today that Bill Spadea, Republican grassroots leader and former District 12 Congressional Republican nominee, had joined the Halfacre for Congress campaign as a senior advisor. Spadea will assist with overall strategy, grassroots outreach and fundraising.”
Investment firm founder Scott Sipprelle of Princeton plans to formally kick off his own 12th District GOP primary run this Wednesday at the Princeton Hyatt.