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Camden Mayor Dana Redd won't seek third term

Journal Staff Report | 3/29/2017, 9:47 p.m.
Camden Mayor Dana Redd says she won't be seeking a third term in office.
Dana L. Redd

Camden Mayor Dana Redd says she won't be seeking a third term in office.

Redd made the announcement Wednesday evening on the steps of City Hall, saying it was time for her to “begin a new journey in my life.”

The Camden native was elected mayor of the heavily Democratic city of 77,000 in November 2009. Redd took office just as an eight-year state takeover ended in January 2010.

The 49-year-old Democrat oversaw the dissolution of the Camden Police Department, which resulted in the creation in 2013 of a county regional force that patrols only Camden.

Redd has presided over the start of a business development boom following the 2013 passage of the Grow New Jersey law, which rewards employers who invest in the struggling city.

She has served as vice-president of the City Council, and was a state senator from 2008 through 2010.