|New Jersey State Senate, District 34|
Alexander received a B.A. in political science and J.D. from Yale University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, general counsel to Mayor Cory Booker and senior advisor to President Barack Obama. Alexander is currently a professor of Political Science at Seton Hall University.
Alexander's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Property Taxes
"Property taxes keep going up, and working class families are feeling the crunch. We need to put property taxes in the context of all taxes in the State, to make sure that the wealthiest pay their fair share, while making sure that government provides essential services for all Garden State residents."
- Criminal Justice
"As a State Senator, I will support increased investments for law enforcement and first responders, and will lead the fight in Trenton against the harmful cuts that force local governments to cut the budgets for police and fire departments. I believe our law enforcement officers need to have the safest and most effective equipment and technology to protect our families and communities."
"We need to expand investment in our schools, increase curriculum requirements, and bring real solutions to the table to address failing schools in New Jersey. Every stakeholder needs to be at the table to work through this complex issue. Education funding needs to be multi-faceted and less dependent on property taxes."
"Polluted rivers and waterways need to be cleaned. And natural wetlands and marshes that serve as natural flood barriers need to be protected. I am strongly opposed to hydraulic fracturing for natural gas exploration and production, and support creating tax incentives for the purchase of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles."
- Hurricane Sandy
"Rebuilding is an opportunity to make our communities stronger and our infrastructure more durable. A smart approach means investing in our aging, crumbling infrastructure, implementing a comprehensive coastal management plan, mandating reform of the utility company, and taking proactive steps to protect power stations, homes and businesses from dangerous weather conditions."
- See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013
Alexander ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 34. Alexander was defeated by Nia H. Gill in the June 4 Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 5, 2013.
|New Jersey State Senate District 34 Democratic Primary, 2013|
|Nia Gill Incumbent||65.2%||10,434|
|Vernon Pullins, Jr.||7.8%||1,248|
In 2013, Alexander's endorsements included the following:
- Rich McMahon
- Bill Hurlock
- Robin Schlager
- Matt Ward
- Bishop Reginald T. Jackson
Alexander and his wife have five children. They currently reside in Montclair, New Jersey.
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- New Jersey Department of State, "Official 2013 Primary Candidates," accessed April 15, 2013
- On the Issues, Alexander for Senate," accessed May 16, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "Official Primary Election Results," accessed July 26, 2013
- Press Releases, Alexander for Senate," accessed May 16, 2013
- Montclair Patch, "Montclair's Mark Alexander Seeks NJ Senate Seat," January 9, 2013