Saturday, August 1, 2015

Carl Lewis being courted by N.J. Democrats

Carl Lewis, the much-decorated former Olympian, is being sought as a Democratic candidate for the New Jersey Statehouse.

Carl Lewis being courted by N.J. Democrats

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Ten-time Olympic medalist Carl Lewis could be running again - for the New Jersey Statehouse.

Democrats are trying to convince Lewis, a Burlington County resident, to run against Republican State Sen. Dawn Addiego (R., Burlington).

“There are ongoing negotiations with regard to his consideration of him running for the Senate in the 8th district,” said Assemblyman Herb Conaway (D., Burlington). “There's no indication that he has made a definite decision to run.”

If he wants in on this race, Lewis and the Democrats would have to file a nominating petition, with 100 Democratic signatures, by the close of business on Monday. The district encompasses much of Burlington County but also a handful of towns in Camden County and in Atlantic County.

“I have a feeling that this kind of question is going to come down to the wire,” Conaway said.

Lewis, 50, who could not be reached for comment athis Medford home on Friday, won nine gold medals and one silver for five U.S. Olympic track and field teams. 

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