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Fernando Alonso

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Fernando Alonso
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Candidate for
New Jersey State Senate, District 38
PartyRepublican
Education
Bachelor'sThe College of the Holy Cross
J.D.Penn State University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 23, 1957
ProfessionEducator
ReligionCatholic
CandidateVerification
Fernando Alonso was a 2013 Republican candidate for District 38 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]

Biography

Alonso received a B.A. in History from the College of the Holy Cross in 1980. He later obtained his J.D. from Penn State University in 1983. Alonso has been a senior lecturer of Business at Farleigh Dickinson University since 2003. He is the director of Puerta al Futuro at Farleigh Dickinson. Alonso is also a practicing attorney focusing on immigration law.[2][3]

Issues

Campaign Themes

2011

In a questionnaire from the League of Women Voters of New Jersey Education Fund, Alonso highlighted the following issues:[4]

  • Property Taxes

" Property tax caps are doing their job in helping to control in local property taxes which is why we must make them permanent...Further, we must implement reforms that reduce costly mandates on local governments and also give local governments the opportunities to share services and find other innovative cost-cutting measures."

  • Unemployment

" I will work to make our state competitive in the national marketplace for attracting the businesses which provide jobs by revamping our state’s corporate tax structure, reviewing regulations to see which make sense and which don’t, and promoting educational programs that provide our citizens with the skills employers are looking for."

  • Opportunity Scholarship Act

" In neighboring Pennsylvania, a similar program called the Educational Improvement Tax Credit has been remarkably successful, awarding more than 284,000 scholarships and saving property taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year. New Jersey should endeavor to achieve these same positive results, especially in light of the fact that Opportunity Scholarships are aimed at helping our most vulnerable students."

  • State Aid to Municipalities

"The simple fact is that our government – like too many citizens in this tough economy – have less money to spend. Rather than focus simply on revenue, we must also focus on expenses: what our governments spend."

  • Family Planning Services

"Taxpayers should not fund abortions. As for other family planning services, they must be examined in the same light as every other item that receives taxpayer support: can we afford them right now, can we afford them at their current level and are they more or less important than other services the government funds?"

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Alonso ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 38. Alonso was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary and is challenged by incumbent Bob Gordon (D) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[5] [6]

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Alonso was a candidate for District 38 of the New Jersey General Assembly. Alonso and Richard Goldberg were bracketed together and defeated Joseph Gant, Scott Verrone, and Wojciech Siemaszkiewicz in the Republican primary. Connie Terranova Wagner and Timothy Eustace ran unopposed in the June 7 Democratic primary. Vinko Grskovic ran as an Independent in the November 8 general election as well.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 38 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngConcetta Wagner Incumbent 27.2% 22,258
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Eustace 25.7% 21,097
     Republican Richard Goldberg 23.3% 19,091
     Republican Fernando Alonso 23% 18,820
     Libertarian Vinko Grskovic 0.9% 707
Total Votes 81,973

Speculation

Asbury Park Press

District 38 is one of only three districts that the Asbury Park Press identified as competitive in 2011. The other two are Districts 2 and 14. 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 38 is roughly 12,000, (down from 22,000).[8]

NJ Spotlight

NJ Spotlight has identified District 38 as one of the most competitive districts in the state, with potential for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly.[9]

Campaign donors

2011

District 38 ranks second in fundraising

As of October 25, candidates for District 38 raised $3,394,798, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission. District 38 ranked second in fundraising for the 2011 election season. Candidates for the district spent $3,023,924 of their campaign funds.[10]

Personal

Alonso and his wife, Donna, currently reside in Oradell, New Jersey.

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