Don Cox (New Jersey)

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Don Cox
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Candidate for
New Jersey State Senate, District 15
Bachelor'sTemple University
Master'sTemple University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
Service branchNew Jersey National Guard
Place of birthEwing, New Jersey
ProfessionPurchasing agent
Campaign website
Don Cox was a 2013 Republican candidate for District 15 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]


Cox earned his B.A. and an M.A. in Administration from Temple University. His professional experience includes working as a purchasing agent for General Motors, owning Revere Travel, Inc., and teaching government at Trenton High School. Cox is a registered financial representative with Investors Capital Corp. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Army stationed in Greenland and as a General's Aide with the New Jersey National Guard.[2]


Campaign themes


Cox's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

  • Property tax relief
"Fight to give local officials the tools they need to responsibly reduce the size of government, limit spending and cap property taxes that have driven residents and business from our great state."
  • Real accountability and reform
"Take on tax and spend special interest and return accountable, fiscally responsible government to the people of New Jersey."
  • Job creation for New Jersey
"Eliminate burdensome red tape and cut taxes to make New Jersey a more affordable, attractive place do business and create jobs."


In a questionnaire for the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund, Cox responded to the following issues:[3]

  • Property Taxes

"We need an entire look at how the municipalities of New Jersey were created, many from dividing up towns into smaller units, each with there own services. Funding of Education is a State issue by the Constitution of the U.S. and ultimately the State needs to look at a new method of funding."

  • Unemployment

"Oppressive taxation has caused $70,000,000,000 of wealth to leave for greener pastures in states with no income tax and free of oppressive regulations. My first order of business in the Senate would be to look at all of these to help develop industry and business in New Jersey."

  • Opportunity Scholarship Act

"I would support the “Opportunity Scholarship Act” to help low income children as an uplift to middle class. I have helped many children who grew up in the projects in Trenton to achieve success both in Trenton H.S., in College and in their careers."

  • State Aid to Municipalities

"Cut out much of the over-regulations that are costing towns so much unnecessary expenditure. Payment in lieu of taxes by the State is essential in municipalities that have many state facilities."

  • Energy

"We need to ASAP convert as much as we can to Solar energy. I personally built and placed three solar panels on my own roof in 1979 and have encouraged solar everywhere I can."



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Cox ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 15. Cox was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. He was defeated by incumbent Shirley K. Turner (D) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey State Senate, District 15 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Turner Incumbent 63.3% 30,250
     Republican Don Cox 36.7% 17,507
Total Votes 47,757


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Cox ran in the 2011 election for New Jersey Senate District 15. He ran unopposed in the primary on June 7, 2011. Cox was defeated by incumbent Shirley Turner (D) in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011.[8]

New Jersey State Senate District 15 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShirley Turner Incumbent 66.4% 21,512
     Republican Donald Cox 33.6% 10,900
Total Votes 32,412


Cox currently resides in Ewing, New Jersey. He has one son and three grandchildren.

Cox served as a councilman for the city of Ewing, New Jersey for four years. He has also served on a number of advisory boards including recreation, zoning, rent control, green team and senior citizens.[2]

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