Monday, February 23, 2015

Vince Mazzeo & Colin Bell Formally Announce Candidacy for State Assembly

Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo
Mazzeo/Bell to focus on relieving the property tax burden, creating jobs & investing in Atlantic County

(Atlantic County, NJ) -- Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield) and Atlantic County Freeholder Colin Bell (D-Margate) formally announced their candidacies for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District.

In just his first term in the Assembly, Mazzeo has been on the forefront of fighting to lower the property tax burden on Atlantic County's middle-class families and seniors. He's fought for smaller, smarter government by championing shared services and consolidation. 

Mazzeo recently authored a legislative package working towards the economic stabilization of Atlantic City - an effort that will lead to new investment and more jobs in our region has been lauded by both Democrats and Republicans as "the plan that will stop the bleeding in Atlantic City." Mazzeo was also the prime sponsor of the Economic Opportunity Act, a law that will bring hundreds of millions in tax incentives for businesses to locate and add jobs to our region.

"As a small business owner, I see firsthand the economic challenges and hard times facing Atlantic County, and have made it my top priority to improve affordability, lowering our tax burden and creating an environment to jump start job creation," said Mazzeo. "I'm extremely proud of legislation that I've championed to move our region forward, and know that together with Colin Bell we will promote sound fiscal policies and lead the fight to provide meaningful property tax relief."

Freeholder Colin Bell
Freeholder Bell, a local attorney and former Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor was elected countywide in 2012 to the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  As a freeholder, Bell has been a constant defender of openness and transparency - changing the way business is done in Atlantic County. Thanks to his efforts he overturned county laws that delayed disclosure of public comments and public access to legislation pending before the board. Bell was also the only vote against repealing the state's toughest play-to-play law, an effort championed by Republican Freeholders when it was first adopted in 2007. Furthermore, his efforts to create jobs for veterans through a veterans' set aside programs and his work to make Atlantic County government more transparent have been lauded by the Press of Atlantic City.  Bell has long been active in the community serving on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic City Boys & Girls Club.

"I am honored to be running with Vince Mazzeo to continue serving our region," said Bell. "Vince and I share the same vision for Atlantic County - lower property taxes, more jobs and growing our economy by investing in small businesses. On the Freeholder Board, I've fought to cut government spending and stood up against partisan politicians who voted to repeal the toughest pay-to-play ordinance in the state." Bell added, "The last thing Trenton needs is more politicians willing to pave the way for special interests at the expense of Atlantic County's hard-working families."


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