Cape May County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Marcus Karavan announced Monday that he has garnered the endorsement of every Cape May County Republican mayor as he seeks a second, four-year term as the leader of the Cape May County Regular Republican Organization.
Karavan formally submitted his letter of intent to seek re-election to CapeGOP Second Vice-Chair Tim Donohue on Jan. 6.
“I’m honored to join my fellow mayors in endorsing Chairman Karavan for a second term as the leader of our Republican organization,” Sea Isle Mayor Len Desiderio said in a press release. “The CapeGOP has never been in better shape.”
Desiderio continued, “The advancement of Republican leadership in our towns is bringing more fiscal responsibility and better local government. We look forward to more of the same under Marc’s leadership.”
During his first full term, beginning in June 2017, Karavan has shepherded the CapeGOP through four years of electoral success, culminating in the capture of the First Legislative District Senate and Assembly seats in 2019.
Republicans have retained their control of all county-wide elected positions and now hold every municipal seat in most of the county’s largest communities, gaining 5-0 advantages in Lower, Dennis and Upper Townships and, for the first time ever, a 3-0 Republican majority in Middle Township.
The political year in 2019 was capped by the historic switch of Second Legislative District Congressman Jeff Van Drew from Democrat to Republican.
“Marcus has done a great job of building on the momentum created under former Chairman Mike Donohue,” North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello said. “Under Chairman Karavan’s leadership, our organization is strong and well-funded. We continue to attract great candidates and win elections by staying true to our conservative principles.”
Cape May County Republican County Committee members will convene shortly after the June primary to choose the party’s leadership slate for the next four years.
“Heading into 2020, our party is united and energized,” Middle Township Mayor and CapeGOP 2nd Vice-Chair Tim Donohue said. “As I seek my fourth term on Township Committee, I’m excited to share the ticket with one of the strongest slates of candidates in CapeGOP history. I’m proud to join my fellow mayors in endorsing Chairman Karavan for another four-year term as our leader.”
Karavan said he is “honored to have the unanimous support of our Republican mayors.“
“The hard work and unwavering commitment shown by our municipal elected officials has proven that unity, unselfish team work and remaining true to our core political principles are the key to our continued success,” he said.