Richard Kanka

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Richard Kanka
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Candidate for
New Jersey Senate District 14
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Richard Kanka was a 2011 Republican candidate for District 14 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]

Kanka is a heating and air conditioning mechanic.



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Kanka was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey State Senate District 14. He ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. Kanka was defeated by Democratic incumbent Linda Greenstein in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.

New Jersey State Senate District 14 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngLinda Greenstein Incumbent 55.3% 26,206
     Republican Richard Kanka 44.7% 21,176
Total Votes 47,382


Asbury Park Press

District 14 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 38. Districts 2 and 38 may lean more Republican after 2011 redistricting, and District 14 may still favor Democrats. As evidence, they cite a drop in registered Democrats in Districts 2 and 38, and only a small decrease in registered Democrats in District 14. History has shown, argues APP, that districts where Democrats hold less than a 10,000 registered voter advantage typically favor the GOP. The Democratic registration advantage in District 14 is roughly 21,000, (down from 25,000).[2]

Campaign donors


District 14 ranks sixth in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 14 have raised $1,971,949--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This makes District 14 number six in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district have spent $1,850,513 of their campaign funds.[3]


Kanka for Senate TV ad

State budget reaction

On Monday, July 25, the Trentonian released a report detailing potential waste and abuse in the New Jersey state budget. Kanka told the Trentonian, “At a time when middleclass workers and seniors need tax relief, the Legislature spent $1.9 billion on outside consultants since 2007. The state should utilize the employees we already have instead of duplicating costs by hiring outside consultants. We could then use the savings for tax relief.”[4]

Megan's law

Kanka gained national recognition for his inspiration of “Megan’s Law” following the 1994 rape and murder of his 7-year-old daughter. The law requires convicted sex offenders to register with police, and that neighbors near the offender's residence be notified.

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