Ronald Dancer

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Ronald Dancer
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New Jersey General Assembly District 12
Incumbent
In office
2012 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 2
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Appointed2002
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Mayor, Plumstead Township
1990 - present
New Jersey General Assembly District 30
2002 - 2012
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1969-1971
Personal
Birthday05/31/1949
ProfessionInterviewer, Ocean County Adjuster’s Office
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ronald S. Dancer (b. May 31, 1949) is a Republican member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 12. He was first appointed to the chamber in 2002. He was moved into District 12 by the 2011 redistricting process after serving District 30 since 2002.

Long involved in public affairs, Dancer has served as the Mayor of Plumsted since 1990. He is also currently the chair of the Ocean County Board of Social Services.[1]

Biography

Dancer's professional experience includes working as an interviewer for the Ocean County Adjuster's Office. He served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Dancer served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Labor
Tourism and Gaming

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Dancer served on the following committees:

Issues

  • A532 Requires public bodies to allow public comment at every meeting.
  • A539 Eliminates dual governmental pay to members of Legislature for legislative duties.
  • A551 Prohibits slaughter of horses and sale of horseflesh for human consumption.
  • A569 Requires elected public officials and candidates for elective public office to disclose if they ever filed for bankruptcy; requires financial disclosure by candidates for public office in county or municipality.[2]

National Political Awareness Test

Dancer's answers to the New Jersey State Legislative Election 2005 National Political Awareness Test are available. In the test he lists his top priorities as "property tax relief, open space acquistion, and increased school funding." He explained, "Property tax relief is one of, if not the single, biggest problems that New Jersey citizens face today. Giving the public property tax relief is critical, but cannot be done until we eliminate waste and abuse from the state budget."[3]

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Dancer won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 12. Dancer was bracketed with Robert Clifton. He was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He and incumbent Robert Clifton (R) defeated Lawrence J. Furman (D), Nicholas Nellegar (D) and Diane Bindler (FTP) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 12 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Dancer Incumbent 32.8% 32,188
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Clifton Incumbent 31.7% 31,059
     Democratic Lawrence J. Furman 17.5% 17,119
     Democratic Nicholas Nellegar 16.6% 16,312
     For the People Diane Bindler 1.4% 1,354
Total Votes 98,032

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Dancer won election to District 12 in 2011. He and Robert Clifton ran unopposed in the Republican Primary on June 7. They then defeated Catherine Tinney Rome and William Spedding in the November 8 general election. Dancer was moved out of District 30 via the redistricting process.[8]

New Jersey General Assembly District 12 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRonald Dancer Incumbent 30.2% 18,090
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Clifton 29% 17,402
     Democratic William Spedding 20.4% 12,253
     Democratic Catherine Tinney Rome 20.4% 12,218
Total Votes 59,963

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Dancer successfully won re-election in the November 3, 2009 general election. He was bracketed with Joseph Malone, III and defeated Democratic challengers John Kocubinski and William Spedding.[9] [10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Thirtieth Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joseph R. Malone, III (R) 47,325
Green check mark transparent.png Ronald S. Dancer (R) 45,901
John Kocubinski (D) 18,400
William "Bill" Spedding (D) 17,836

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Dancer is available dating back to 2003. Based on available campaign finance records, Dancer raised a total of $598,428 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 16, 2013.[11]

Ronald Dancer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 12 Won $138,538
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 30 Won $189,366
2007 New Jersey General Assembly, District 30 Won $126,316
2005 New Jersey General Assembly, District 30 Won $92,941
2003 New Jersey General Assembly, District 30 Won $51,267
Grand Total Raised $598,428

2011

Dancer won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Dancer raised a total of $138,538.

2009

Dancer won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Dancer raised a total of $189,366.

2007

Dancer won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2007. During that election cycle, Dancer raised a total of $126,316.

2005

Dancer won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2005. During that election cycle, Dancer raised a total of $92,941.

2003

Dancer won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2003. During that election cycle, Dancer raised a total of $51,267.

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2014-2015

In 2014, the 216th New Jersey State Legislature will be in session from January 14 through January 1, 2016.

2012-2013

In 2012, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, first annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 9, 2013. In 2013, the 215th New Jersey State Legislature, second annual session, was in session from January 10 to January 13, 2014.

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Endorsements

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Ronald Dancer endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [12]

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