The Camden County Democratic Committee this week is preparing to finalize the names of two people to run in the 5th District this year as the formal replacements on the ballot for Assemblyman Angel Fuentes and Assemblyman Whip Wilson.
If all goes as scheduled and the party attains a quorum this week. Surrogate Pat Jones will hold as Wilson’s replacement. After having served in the Assembly since 2010, Wilson is seeking the sheriff’s office as the replacement for the retiring Charles “Chuck” Billingham.
Tapped as deputy clerk of the county, Fuentes will be replaced by Camden City Councilman Arthur Barclay, a source told PolitickerNJ.
Since it’s the middle of summer, the leadership of the county committee is laboring to ensure it has enough members to make this happen. It’s not a done deal this week, two sources insisted, but it’s close.
The 5th District recently changed senators at the top of the ticket too, when Donald Norcross went to Congress in the 1st District last year and gave up his senate seat to be filled by former Assemblywoman and now state Senator Nilsa Cruz Perez (D-5).
As recently as 2010, Dana Redd (now the mayor of Camden) was senator from the district, a replacement for the jailed Wayne Bryant, who had served as senator in the 5th from 1995 to 2008. In 2007 and again in 2009, Speaker Joe Roberts ran on the 5th District slate with Redd and Cruz Perez until his retirement from the legislature and Cruz Perez’s hiatus from elected office beginning in 2010.