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David DeWeese

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David DeWeese
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Candidate for
New Jersey Senate District 1
Prior offices
Municipal court judge
High schoolWildwood High School
Bachelor'sWake Forest University
J.D.Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University
Place of birthNorth Wildwood, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney, retired municipal court judge
Campaign website
David DeWeese was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 1 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]

DeWeese is a retired municipal court judge, serving from 1989 to 2010. He David formed his own law firm in 1989. DeWeese started his legal career in the office of former State Senator Jimmy Cafiero. He went on to become a municipal court judge and retired from the bench in 2010. He is also the head coach of the Wildwood Catholic High School boys basketball team, serving as such for over 20 years.

DeWeese graduated from Wildwood High School in 1976, Wake Forest University in 1980 and Law School at Mercer University in 1983.



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

DeWeese was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 1. DeWeese defeated Republican candidate Thomas Greto in the primary on June 7, 2011. Incumbent Jeff Van Drew defeated him in the general election took place on November 8, 2011.[2]

New Jersey State Senate District 1 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Van Drew Incumbent 54.1% 24,557
     Republican David DeWeese 45.9% 20,857
Total Votes 45,414


PolitickerNJ notes that District 1 appears to have Republican leanings--on paper. However, strong historical support for Senator Jeff Van Drew (D) calls the predictive power of these figures into question. However, NJSpotlight notes that Republicans seem to be focused on reclaiming the district's assembly seats. Nevertheless, redistricting has weakened the Republican base in District 1.[3][4]

Campaign donors


District 1 ranks eighth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 1 have raised $ 1,302,937--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This makes District 1 number eight in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district have spent $1,149,273 of their campaign funds.[5]


Campaign themes

On their 2011 campaign site, the District 1 Republicans detailed their "7 Point Plan." An overview of the points is as follows:

  1. No Additional Taxes.
  2. Cap the Number of Bills that Legislators can Sponsor or Co-Sponsor.
  3. Impose a Hard Cap on State Spending and Pay As You Go.
  4. Direct Contact with Constituents.
  5. Provide Constituents with Accessible Information on Every Vote Cast.
  6. Empower Local Governments to Save Money.
  7. Return to a Part Time Legislature.


On Wednesday, October 21, the District 1 legislative candidates took part in a debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

  • Video of the debate can be found here.


DeWeese was endorsed by:


DeWeese is married to Michelle, and has three children and two step-children.

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