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|New Jersey Senate District 27|
|Bachelor's||Kent State University|
|Master's||University of Delaware, Notre Dame|
|Service/branch||United States Air Force, Captain|
|Years of service||1970-1972|
Eames is a former teacher, trade association health plan CEO, and public relations counselor. In addition, Eames served as a captain in US Air Force. He co-founded the Morris Patriots in 2009, a tea-party organization with more than 350 members, primarily in Morris and Sussex Counties, and works as a lead coordinator with Grassroots New Jersey an organization of grassroots conservative groups. Eames has also worked as Executive Director of the Greater Atlantic City Chamber of Commerce and Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Greater Newark Chamber of Commerce.
Eames graduated from Kent State University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 1981 and Notre Dame in 1982.
- See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011
Eames was defeated in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 27. He defeated Republican candidate William Sullivan in the primary on June 7, 2011. Eames was the only Tea Party backed candidates to win a Senate primary contest. Eames was defeated by Democratic incumbent Richard Codey in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.
|New Jersey State Senate District 27 General Election, 2011|
|Democratic||Richard Codey Incumbent||61.8%||27,089|
|New Jersey State Senate District 27 Republican Primary, 2011|
According to WNYC, New York Public Radio, incumbent Richard Codey (R) could face a significant threat from Eames. Due to redistricting, District 27 added Republican-leaning areas in Morris County. District 27's Democratic voter registration advantage dropped from 40,779 in 2009 to 21,339 after redistricting. Democrats typically suffer lower voter turnout that Republicans, so the district may be in play in 2011. Codey has expressed confidence in his re-election, but accuses Democratic leadership of deliberately weakening his district.
District 27 ranks third in fundraising
As of October 25, candidates for District 27 have raised $2,596,811--according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. This makes District 27 number three in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district have spent $1,478,438 of their campaign funds.
Eames campaign site details his campaign themes:
- Source of our Liberties: "Our Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and New Jersey State Constitution affirm that ALL People are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.I believe that these rights are granted by God, not by government."
- Constitutionally Limited Government: "The documents which create the government under which we serve define limits on the power of government and define the source of its authority."
- Fiscal Responsibility / Integrity: "We have a moral obligation individually and as elected officials to conduct ourselves in a fiscally responsible manner, to uphold the stewardship of public funds with honesty and fairness.I believe in transparency and the need to balance priorities against financial capabilities and constitutional limitations."
- Free Markets: "I believe that free enterprise capitalism is the world's most successful motivator of achievement, individually and collectively; and that we should all have the freedom to succeed or fail."
- Civic Responsibility: "I believe we have an obligationas individuals and as appointed or elected officials to be involved in our government and to be watchful thereof."
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District 27 encompases Essex county, including: Caldwell, Essex Fells, Fairfield (Essex), Livingston, Maplewood, Newark, North Caldwell, Orange, Roseland, South Orange, West Caldwell and West Orange.
Due to New Jersey redistricting, district 27 will change as of January 2012. The new district will encompass Essex and Morris counties: Caldwell, Chatham, Essex Fells, East Hanover, Livingston, Florham Park, Maplewood, Hanover, Millburn, Harding, Roseland, Madison, South Orange Village and West Orange.
- Eames for NJ Senate, campaign page
- Eames For NJ Senate, Facebook page
- Bill Eams on Twitter
- Project Vote Smart biography of William Eames
- Eames for NJ Senate, campaign page, accessed May 27, 2011
- Greenfield Daily Reporter, "Tea party candidate upsets establishment-backed Republican in 1 NJ state Senate primary," June 7, 2011
- New Jersey Department of State, "2011 Official State Senate Primary Candidate List," accessed April 10, 2014
- WNYC, "NJ Redistricting Pits Longtime Political Heavyweight Against Newcomer," October 18, 2011
- New Jersey ELEC, "News Release," November 3, 2011
- Morris Patriots