Princeton Township resident Bill Spadea has officially declared his candidacy for the vacant New Jersey Assembly seat in the newly redrawn 16th Legislative District.
Another Princeton Township resident, Committeewoman Sue Nemeth, is seeking the Democratic nomination for the June 5 Democratic primary.
The vacant Assembly seat was held by longtime Assemblyman Pete Biondi, who died two days after his re-election last month.
Spadea will vie for the Republican Party’s nomination at the special four-county Republican convention, which will happen within 35 days of the swearing in of the new Assembly on January 10, 2012.
The vote at the convention will determine who will fill the one-year term for the vacant Assembly seat. Spadea will also participate in the June 5 Republican primary to become the 16th Legislative District’s Republican candidate for the Nov. 6 general election.
“Pete Biondi was a great legislator, public servant, community leader and patriot,” Spadea said. “So many business and political leaders asked and encouraged me to consider this run to do right by Pete’s legacy of public service. I was so honored by their request that I felt compelled to step up.”
Spadea’s campaign has enlisted the support of prominent GOP attorney Charlie Spies. Spies, head of Clark Hill PLC’s national Political Law practice, served as CFO and Counsel for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2008 Presidential campaign, as well as counsel for the Republican Governors Association in 2006 and the Republican National Committee in 2004.
“Bill is a dynamic and enthusiastic candidate,” Spies said. “His conservative principles, business background and organizational success make him the right man at the right time for New Jersey.”
Spadea has worked in New Jersey as a senior executive in the real estate industry for the past 15 years. He is also an on-air political analyst and Republican strategist for several New York Region television stations. Spadea served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1991 to 1999. He ran against Democratic incumbent Rush Holt for U.S. Congress in 2004. He is the co-founder and past-president of Building the New Majority, a grassroots political organization focused on helping NJ citizen-legislators win local campaigns.
Spadea lives in Princeton with his wife Jodi and their two children, who attend the Princeton public schools. He serves on the Princeton Township Zoning Board, is a coach for little league, chairs the annual Veteran’s Day event, and serves as master of ceremony for the annual Memorial Day Parade.
For more information on his campaign, visit www.billspadea.com, www.facebook.com/billspadea, or www.youtube.com/billspadea.com.