Dr. Jillian T. Weiss

Potosnak Files for 2012 Congressional Bid

Filed By Dr. Jillian T. Weiss | May 13, 2011 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: 2012 election, Congress, Congressional race, Democratic Party, Ed Potosnak, New Jersey, NJ 7th

Ed Potosnak, the 2010 Democratic Nominee for United States Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District, filed last week with the Federal Elections Commission to run in 2012.EdPotosnak2012.JPG

Mr. Potosnak, a newcomer to politics, received 40% of the votes in the 2010 Congressional election in this right-leaning constituency. He is a powerful speaker and his story is powerful as well.

Having met Mr. Potosnak, and hearing reports of students of mine who have interned in his campaign office, I predict great things for Mr. Potosnak. At least, I hope someone of his caliber can survive in politics. What do you think of his chances in 2012? More info after the jump.

Here's the full press release:

Potosnak files 2012 bid for US Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District.
North Plainfield, NJ--Ed Potosnak, the 2010 Democratic Nominee for United States Congress in NJ's 7th Congressional District filed with the Federal Elections Commission to run in 2012.

Ed Potosnak, a newcomer to NJ's political arena, mounted a highly energetic, hard fought, issue-oriented campaign against the 20-year career politician Congressman Leonard Lance. 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 Mr. Lance.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Ed Potosnak put himself through Rutgers to become a scientist and a teacher. Ed 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.

"As a small business owner, teacher and scientist, I have experienced firsthand the struggles New Jersey families are having in this economy - high unemployment, anxiety over whether you will have a job tomorrow, how you will pay for healthcare for your family - and concerns about our country's struggles to compete in the global economy," Potosnak added.

"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 Mr. Potosnak. "Congressman Lance has changed since going to Washington, and his ever-changing policy positions are damaging America's future."

Potosnak continued, "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."

Somerset County Democratic Chairwoman Marguerite (Peg) Schaffer, said: "Throughout his campaign for Congress, Ed impressed me with his innovative ideas and caring. I look forward to seeing what Ed will bring to his 2012 election campaign, given the extra time he has had to prepare." Chairwoman Schaffer added "it is great to see Ed's continued dedication to improving the lives of residents in Somerset County and throughout NJ."
Mayor Mike Giordano of North Plainfield reaffirmed his support saying, "I am proud to support Ed Potosnak, a resident of the Borough, for Congress in 2012. Ed is a teacher and strong advocate for our children."

Hunterdon County Democratic Chairwoman Lois Zarish said "It's great Ed Potosnak is taking the steps to run in 2012 and build on the foundation he built in our District. As a teacher and small business owner Ed understands the struggles of our middle class families. 2012 is going to be an exciting year for Democrats."
Woodbridge Mayor John E. MacCormac said "Ed worked hard against all odds last year and he deserves another chance to advance his ideas in our district and compete for a Congressional seat."

Edison Mayor Antonia (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."
Colleen Mahr, Mayor of Fanwood, shared her feelings about Ed's decision to run again in 2012. "I am very excited Ed Potosnak is running for US Congress in 2012," Mayor Mahr said. "Ed ran a solid campaign and demonstrated great tenacity in his 2010 challenge to unseat the veteran politician, Congressman Leonard Lance" she continued.
"Ed's authenticity is a breath of fresh air. Our municipalities and schools are struggling in these tough economic times, and Ed understands that the future of our nation is in jeopardy under the misguided proposals of the national GOP."

Califon's Mayor, Charlie Daniel, was also pleased to learn of Potosnak's decision to run in 2012. "Ed is a fierce advocate for the middle class. His real world experience as a teacher and business owner is sorely needed in Congress."
On June 18th, Congressman Barney Frank will be the keynote speaker at a fundraising event in support of Ed Potosnak's 2012 campaign for Congress in Warren, Somerset County, NJ.


Ed Potosnak put himself through Rutgers to become a scientist and a teacher. He was born and raised in New Jersey. Growing up, he worked in his parents' small business, manufacturing lifesaving communications equipment for police officers and emergency responders. Ed taught chemistry for over a decade at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School and as an adjunct professor at Rutgers. He wrote and researched education policy as an Albert Einstein Distinguished Education Fellow. An entrepreneur and businessman at heart, Potosnak owns a small home repair business and lives in North Plainfield. Ed is openly gay.

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