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}}{{tnr}}'''Carl Lewis''' (b. July 1, 1961) is a 2011 [[Democratic]] candidate for District 8 of the [[New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011|New Jersey State Senate]].  
}}{{tnr}}'''Carl Lewis''' (b. July 1, 1961) was a 2011 [[Democratic]] candidate for District 8 of the [[New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011|New Jersey State Senate]]. Lewis was ordered off the ballot on September 22 after an extended legal battle over his residency. (See: ''Candidacy challenges'' below)
Lewis was ordered off the ballot by New Jersey's [[Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey|Lieutenant Governor]] and [[New Jersey Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] [[Kim Guadagno]] on April 25, 2011, because of Lewis' [http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Carl_Lewis#Candidacy_challenges residency conflicts]. <ref>[http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/breaking-carl-lewis-loses-another-legal-battle/article_acd9547e-74eb-11e0-870a-001a4bcf6878.html ''Phillyburbs.com,'' Carl Lewis loses another legal battle, 2 May 2011]</ref> As a result, Lewis sued the State of New Jersey and [[New Jersey Secretary of State|Secretary of State]] [[Kim Guadagno]]. <ref>[http://www.courierpostonline.com/article/20110512/NEWS01/110512055/Burlco-mails-out-primary-ballots-listing-Carl-Lewis-candidate- ''Courier Post,'' Burlco mails out primary ballots listing Carl Lewis as candidate, 12 May 2011]</ref> Due to the extended nature of his lawsuit, his name was not officially removed from primary ballots mailed to vote-by-mail individuals. On May 5, the [[Judgepedia:U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals|U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals]] ruled that Lewis's name must remain on the ballot until the constitutionality of New Jersey's residency requirements can be determined by a federal judge.<ref>[http://articles.philly.com/2011-05-10/news/29528501_1_residency-requirement-state-courts-answer-questions ''Philly.com'', "Federal judge to hear Carl Lewis ballot appeal," May 10, 2011.]</ref> As of September 13, Lewis was ordered back on the ballot as a result of a 2-1 federal court decision.<ref>[http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2011/09/13/general-us-carl-lewis-residency_8676309.html ''Forbes,'' Carl Lewis back on ballot in NJ senate race, Sept.13, 2011]</ref>
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Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis.jpg
Candidate for
New Jersey Senate District 8
High schoolWillingboro High School
Bachelor'sattended University of Houston
Date of birthJuly 1, 1961
Place of birthBirmingham, Alabama
ProfessionOlympian - Track and Field
Personal website
Campaign website
Carl Lewis (b. July 1, 1961) was a 2011 Democratic candidate for District 8 of the New Jersey State Senate. Lewis was ordered off the ballot on September 22 after an extended legal battle over his residency. (See: Candidacy challenges below)


Carl Lewis Biography

Lewis is a nine-time Olympic gold medalist in Track and Field. In 1983, Lewis won the first three of his eight World Championship Gold Medals at the Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland. The following year, he captured four Olympic Gold Medals at the Summer Games in Los Angeles. His career as a track and field champion continued through 1996. In all, he won nine Gold Medals of an overall 10 Olympic medals. Lewis as named Olympian of the Century by Sports Illustrated and Sportsman of the Century by the International Olympic Committee. In light of his achievements, Lewis founded the Carl Lewis Foundation, a charitable endeavor with a special focus on youth physical education and fitness. He has also served as a volunteer track-and-field coach at his alma mater, Willingboro High School.

Lewis attended the University of Houston.


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Lewis lists these issues as his "Agenda for Change":[1]

  • Make New Jersey More Affordable - "I will call on the Legislature to impose a freeze on state government spending, as well a requirement that all departments and agencies justify every taxpayer dollar they plan to spend. I will also support efforts to end duplication in government, erasing the multiple layers of bureaucracy through "shared services" among counties and municipalities."
  • Establish a "Gold Standard" for NJ Schools - "One of my top priorities is to help create a first-rate learning environment for students - an environment of high standards that inspires them through discipline, creativity, hard work and positive reinforcement - an environment of excellence that prepares them to compete in a global economy."
  • Reward Teachers on Performance, Not Longevity - "I support teacher-tenure reform that rewards high-performing and creative teachers; they should be judged on performance, not the amount of time spent on the job."
  • Make School Choice an Option for Families - "I strongly believe that families should have a choice in where their children attend school. They should be granted that opportunity through public school voucher programs that offer alternatives for families seeking a better education for their children."
  • Provide a Better Quality of Life For Seniors - "I will fight to maintain their tax rebates and extend other assistance when required. And I will work to make sure that programs intended to reduce their costs for health-care and prescription drugs are preserved. While balancing the budget is important, we should not achieve that on the backs of the most economically vulnerable of our citizens, including seniors, the young, veterans, and the working poor."
  • Create Jobs And Incentives for Economic Growth - "I will promote policies that create a positive environment for both large companies and small businesses to flourish in New Jersey. We need to provide incentives for new businesses to open in the state, and for existing businesses to remain and expand, creating thousands of new jobs for our citizens."
  • Improve Health Through Physical Fitness and Nutrition - "I will champion efforts in the Legislature to create and promote programs that teach the imperatives of good nutrition and physical fitness. A healthier lifestyle will help boost the accomplishments of our young people both in the classroom and on the athletic fields, as well as help make them more successful in their careers."
  • Promote a New Environment of Political Civility and Bi-Partisanship - "If elected, I will work with both Democrats and Republicans to achieve consensus on policies that will ease the burden on taxpayers and deliver a better quality of life for everyone. I am determined to work in a spirit of cooperation that serves our constituents rather than petty partisan agendas."



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Lewis is running in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 8. He ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011 and received 2,418 votes. Republican incumbent Dawn Addiego ran unopposed in the Republican primary. The general election takes place on November 8, 2011. Lewis is currently not on the general election ballot due to a residency issue. [2]

Campaign donors


As of September 15, Lewis has collected $26,115 in donations.[3]

His four largest contributors in 2011 are:

Donor Amount
New Jersey Regional Council of Carpenters $8,200
Brad Blank & Associates $2,600
Gerald A. Klingman $2,600
James W. Lintott $2,600

Candidacy challenges

Lewis' candidacy has been repeatedly challenged by New Jersey Republicans, who argue that he does not meet the four year residency requirement to run for state office. The controversy began in April, when Lewis first announced his candidacy, and continued through multiple court challenges over the summer. The fight over Lewis' candidacy has progressed through two distinct stages; Republican and state officials initially attempted (unsuccessfully) to keep Lewis' name off the Democratic Party primary ballot in June, then initiated a separate court battle to keep him out of the November 8 general election.

In both cases, Republican Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, in her capacity as New Jersey's elections officer, ordered Lewis off the June 7 primary ballot for failing to meet state residency standards. Lewis' campaign sued, claiming the decision violated the runner's constitutional rights to equal protection. After back-and-forth decisions in state and federal court, Lewis ultimately prevailed in the pre-primary contest after the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 31 that he should remain on the ballot pending a more permanent decision.

After the primary, which Lewis won uncontested, Guadagno once again scrubbed Lewis on August 17, this time from the November 8 general election. After another extended court battle, Lewis appeared to triumph on September 16 when a 3rd Circuit panel once again endorsed him for the ballot in a preliminary order. However, the court overruled itself barely a week later on September 22, finding that Lewis did not meet the residency requirement after all. Lewis' campaign has not indicated whether it will appeal, though time is short; the deadline to print and ship absentee ballots to overseas residents is September 23.[4]


  • April 11
Lewis first registered to vote in New Jersey on Monday, April 11, the same day he announced his candidacy. [5] Republicans believed that Lewis' recent 2008 and 2009 voting history in California nullified his claims of recent New Jersey residency. William Tambussi, Lewis' spokesman, argued that New Jersey's constitutional definition of residency would protect Lewis. [5][6]
The day after declaring his candidacy, Olympic track champion Carl Lewis was reportedly discouraged from running for the state senate. According to The Auditor, a Lewis staffer claims that Gov. Christie's administration officials had discouraged Lewis from running.[7] Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak firmly denied these claims, stating that Christie did not attempt to dissuade Lewis from running, claiming that "anybody who says otherwise is lying." [7] What Christie did say, according to Drewniak, was that he would support long-time friend, state Sen. Dawn Addiego - Lewis' opponent in the race. [7]
  • April 20
On Wednesday April 20, an administrative law judge dismissed attempts by Republicans Bill Layton and Ted Costa to remove Lewis from the June 7 ballot, due to doubts concerning the length of his most recent New Jersey residency. The judge’s order was not binding, which left the decision to Lieutenant Governor and Secretary of State Kim Guadagno (R).
  • April 26
On Tuesday, April 26, Guadagno overturned the judge's ruling and found "credible evidence to conclude" that Lewis did not meet the state's residency requirement, including that he voted and paid income taxes in California as recently as 2009, and did not register to vote in New Jersey until earlier this month, when he filed to run for the Senate. [8]
  • April 28
Federal Judge Noel Hillman refused to restore Lewis to the ballot, rejecting arguments from Lewis' lawyers that the New Jersey residency requirement violated his 14th Amendment rights to equal protection. Hillman's ruling "weighed the reasons for the residency rule, which include giving candidates time to learn the areas they want to represent, preventing political carpetbagging and giving voters time to get to know the candidates."[9] He did not rule on the specific validity of Guadagno's decision to remove Lewis from the ballot.
  • May 2
A state appeals court panel upheld Guadagno's ruling, arguing that Lewis' decision to vote in California in 2009 was credible evidence that he was not a resident of New Jersey. Lewis' case would subsequently move to federal appellate courts.[10]
  • May 17
A three-judge panel from the federal 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals restored Lewis to the June 7 Democratic primary ballot, reversing earlier state and federal decisions. The court held that Lewis should remain in contention until a more considered final decision could be made on his residency status. As a result, Lewis won the Democratic nomination for the 8th district of the New Jersey Senate uncontested.
  • August 16
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno ordered that Lewis' name be taken off the general election ballot, citing "a federal appeals court order to keep Lewis on the ballot while a case challenging his candidacy is considered by a judge only applied to the June Democratic primary — which Lewis won uncontested — and not the November general election."[11] A hearing, requested by Lewis' attorney William Tambussi, is scheduled for Friday August 20 to challenge the decision.[11]
  • September 8
Repeating his April 28 decision, federal Judge Noel Hillman refused to restore Lewis to the ballot, concluding that Lewis indeed did not meet residency requirements because of his status as a voter and taxpayer in California as recently as 2009. Once again, Lewis' team vowed to appeal to the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • September 13/September 22
A 3rd Circuit panel once again ruled 2-1 that Lewis should be put back on the ballot in a preliminary order.[12] However, the panel reversed itself nine days later in its final decision, concluding that Lewis' California activity contradicted his claim of New Jersey residency. Lewis' campaign did not indicate if they would request an en banc ruling of the 3rd Circuit, or appeal further to the U.S. Supreme Court.

MSNBC Interview with Carl Lewis on July 19, 2011


Lewis for Senate
PO Box 893
Marlton, NJ 08053

Phone: (609) 534-0799
Email: carl@carllewisfornj.com



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