NORTH PLAINFIELD—Ed Potosnak, who unsuccessfully challenged Rep. Leonard Lance in the 2010 Congressional election, filed papers to run in 2012.
Potosnak could face former Edison Mayor Jun Choi in a Democratic Party primary next year, depending on how the Congressional Districts are re-drawn. New Jersey is currently represented by 13 members in the House of Representatives, but the state will lose one seat as a result of population changes revealed in the recently-completed Census.
Potosnak’s grass roots campaign astonished political insiders when he earned the support of 71,902 voters, in a horrible year for Democrats. Potosnak received nearly the same percentage of the vote as the 2008 candidate who spent more than five times the money against Lance.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Potosnak put himself through Rutgers to become a scientist and a teacher. He is a chemistry teacher and an entrepreneur. After growing up working in his parents’ small business he began a construction company.
“There are important things that need to be done in Washington and partisan politics are preventing progress. We need to work together to get the job done.” Potosnak said.
“Creating good jobs to secure America’s future, stimulating research and development, improving education so that future generations can innovate and lead, and protecting the American Dream are among my top priorities” explained Potosnak. “Congressman Lance is voting the party line and America’s middle class is paying the price. Mr. Lance wants to take away Medicare from our seniors struggling on fixed incomes and to expand off shore drilling to build more rigs off the east coast like the Deep Water Horizon rig that caused an environmental catastrophe. Since Republicans took control of the House all they have been doing is protecting Wall Street, big oil and big business rather than helping the middle class –Mr. Lance is not representing our families and businesses.”
New Jersey Democratic State Committee Chairman John Wisniewski said, “It is great to hear that Ed Potosnak is seeking the nomination as a candidate for Congress against Leonard Lance in the 7th Congressional District. I am confident that our democracy will continue to thrive when qualified people like Ed Potosnak choose to serve the public by running as Democrats.”
Edison Mayor Toni Ricigliano said, “Ed Potosnak has demonstrated an ability to assess a situation and come up with solutions to problems in a deliberate manner. Ed’s honesty and respect for good government is refreshing in his quest to serve the public.”
On June 18, Congressman Barney Frank will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising event in support of Ed Potosnak’s 2012 campaign for Congress in Warren.
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