National Candidate Category: House of Representatives
U.S. House, New Jersey, District 7 - Candidate
Peter Jacob is a 2018 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey.
The Democratic primary for New Jersey's 7th Congressional District will decide which Democrat will take on incumbent Leonard Lance (R) in a district that voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
A social worker who ran against Lance in 2016, Peter Jacob is running for Congress by emphasizing his background as an activist and his opposition to corporate money in politics. He received support from Justice Democrats, an organization which was founded to advocate against corporate influence in Democratic Party politics, and Brand New Congress, an organization founded to support the policy preferences of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D). Both organizations were founded by former staffers on Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign. Jacob raised over $100,000 for his campaign in 2017.
Jacob and the Justice Democrats have criticized the primary process, saying Democratic Party county officials are favoring their preferred candidates, such as Linda Weber and Tom Malinowski, over his campaign. “We will not stand by and let the establishment rig yet another primary in un-Democratic fashion,” he said. “By standing up for the People’s values, we will make sure that the people have their voice heard on June 5th, instead of the party bosses.”
Jacob lost to Lance in the 2016 election for the 7th Congressional District by 11 points. He did not face competition in the Democratic primary. His professional experience includes working as a licensed social worker and developing and maintaining a homeless shelter. He received his bachelor's degree in sociology from Kean University and his master's degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
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