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Logan mayor joins race for congressional seat

Glenn Townes | 4/22/2014, 12:58 p.m.
Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor announced late last month that he would seek the vacant seat in the U.S. House ...
Frank Minor

Logan Township Mayor Frank Minor announced late last month that he would seek the vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the First Congressional District for New Jersey. The district includes Camden County and most of Burlington and Gloucester Counties.

A Democrat and the first African American mayor of Logan Township, Minor has sat at the helm of Logan Township since 2003. If elected, he would replace former embattled former congressional leader Rob Andrews, who resigned in February after 23 years in the district amid allegations of ethics violations and misappropriation of funds.

For Minor, who ran as a Republican and then switched parties in 2007, citing “irreconcilable differences” with members of the Republican party, said he is undaunted by that challenges he faces in defeating fellow Democrat Donald Norcross for the coveted seat. Norcross is the brother of South Jersey power broker and deep pocketed political tycoon George Norcross. Some political pundits are touting Norcross as the likely winner of the primary and the election due to his brothers' pervasive political influence.

Minor disagreed. “I think Democrats are Democrats and people understand this is an open seat,” Minor said in a recent interview. “I feel I have a right to run and I feel I have something to offer {to the people of the 1st District.}”

Minor has his supporters. One Logan Township resident said, “As a township resident, I know how much he (Minor) cares about the people he represents. Residents feel comfortable calling him at his home or dropping by his home whenever they have a problem.” On the Republican side, Garry Cobb, a former linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles is among the most notable candidates. The Democratic Primary is June 3rd.