Cape GOP Candidates

Michael J. Testa

Michael J. Testa

NJ State Senate

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My family has deep roots in Cumberland County and South Jersey.

On my Dad’s side, my great-grandparents emigrated from Italy – legally, by the way – to secure a better future for their children and themselves.

My grandfather became the first elected Mayor of the City of Vineland in and went on to become a Judge, despite not even speaking English until the 1st grade.  His son, my father, went on to start and build our family law firm where I now practice.

On Mom’s side, my grandparents were Polish Jews who met in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II and were, thank God, freed by Allied soldiers.  After the war, they came to the United States, where my Mom was born. They settled in Buena and ran a chicken farm that I fondly recall playing at as a kid.

My parents and grandparents instilled in me the same core values that my wife, Julie, and I are trying to teach our own three children: treat everyone as you would like to be treated, help those less fortunate than you, work hard and play by the rules.

As parents out there know, it’s a challenge in today’s’ world.

I am a graduate of Villanova University School of Law and I received a Masters at Temple University Beasley School of Law. My wife Julie and live in Vineland with our three children, Eva Marie, Sarah, and Tripp.

Julie is the engine that makes our family go. She is a former Miss New Jersey, currently a school librarian in Vineland, and made me the luckiest guy in the world when we were married.

As you heard, public service has been an important part of our family’s history when I was growing up.  As an adult, I made a commitment to continuing that legacy long before ever considering a run for public office.

At 26, I was the Board Chairman of the Vineland Downtown Improvement District/Main Street Vineland.  I am a proud member of the Greater Vineland Chapter of the NAACP and Past Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland and Salem Counties.

And, as the incredibly proud father of two little girls, I have been the Board President of the Vineland Regional Dance company for several years, and the 2016 recipient of the South Jersey Cultural Alliance Paul Aiken Encore Award for his dedication to the arts in South Jersey.

Antwan McClellan

Antwan McClellan

State Assembly

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Antwan McClellan is a long-time Ocean City resident who graduated from Ocean City High School in 1993.

McClellan is an Ocean City Councilman and former School Board Member who established taxes, protected teacher’s jobs and organized Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. He was an Ocean City School Board Member for 3 years, Ocean City Council Ward 2 for 7 years and is a current member of the Cape May County NAACP.

In his free time, he has been a Girls’ Junior High Basketball Coach, Field of Dreams Baseball Coach, and a volunteer at the Ocean City Historical Museum.

Erik Simonsen

Erik Simonsen

State Assembly

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I have spent my entire life in South Jersey. I’m raising my two beautiful daughters in Lower Township with my wife, Anna. 
 
Far too often, Trenton Leaders have forgotten us. We deserve better.
 
As Mayor of Lower Twp., I understand that many local families and retirees live on fixed incomes. However, Trenton Democrats are always looking for a new tax… even taxing the rain.
 
Governor Murphy and Trenton Democrats constantly act like the only solution to a problem is to raise taxes. During their last budget, Trenton politicians rallied together to raise taxes by billions while simultaneously taking away millions in funding from our local school districts.
 
As a current Athletic Director, former Assistant Principal, and a Special Education teacher for 18 years, I know the Murphy Administration’s school funding decisions will greatly impact the value of our children’s education, and force taxpayers to foot larger bills.
 
This upcoming election, we must send a message that WE, South Jersey, deserve a voice. We will refuse to continue to be Murphy’s piggy bank.
 
We need real Republican leadership who will fight for the values of Cape May, Cumberland, and Atlantic Counties. As a former wrestler and head coach, I know to “Never Back Down and Never Quit.” These are the values I will bring to this year’s Assembly campaign. Republicans outnumber Democrats in our district, and it is time to win back our State Senate and Assembly Seats. 
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