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Democrat Cole Enters Race for House Seat

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MANTUA – Software engineer Dave Cole, a Democrat, of Mantua Township, Gloucester County, announced his candidacy to seek the Second Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives.
In a release, he stated he “has experience growing businesses in the private sector and modernizing government as a senior advisor at the White House.”
Cole announced his run for Congress at the Presidents Day fundraiser in Atlantic County. With his announcement, Cole received support from the Democratic Party Chairmen of Atlantic and Gloucester counties.
 “This is the chance to define our future,” Cole said, noting the excitement of the 2016 presidential election. “We’re going to give people a real reason to come out and vote in 2016,” he stated.
Cole committed to working to expand and strengthen South Jersey’s middle class, ensuring affordability of quality healthcare, and supporting investments in education and infrastructure to accelerate South Jersey’s economic recovery.
Atlantic County Democratic Chairman Jim Schroeder offered the following in support of Cole’s candidacy: “Dave Cole has the energy and the right background to be a catalyst for the change we need to get our regional economy diversified and back on track.
“Despite more than two decades in Washington, Congressman LoBiondo has made no tangible progress in securing funding for the long-touted “Next Generation Aviation Research Park.” Our region leads the state in unemployment and the nation in home foreclosures. We need to send a new voice to represent us from South Jersey.”
Cole, who resides with his family, also received support from Gloucester County Democratic Chairman Fred Madden, “Dave Cole is a remarkably bright individual who has an impressive background in both the public and private sectors and will bring great energy and enthusiasm to this year’s Democratic ticket.”
About Cole
Entrepreneur and software engineer, helped build and grow a technology startup.
Served as a senior advisor for technology at the White House, worked to make government more efficient and responsive.
Organized volunteers across New Jersey in support of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign.
South Jersey born and raised, Rutgers University and Clearview High School graduate
Married to Itir, lives in Mantua Township.
As an early member of a new tech company, Mapbox, Cole entered a technology market and helped grow the company from a half dozen employees to more than 50 in just over two years. Mapbox competes head-to-head with some of the biggest tech giants and delivers its product through applications to millions of users.
The work and determination that made Cole successful in business are values he learned growing up in South Jersey. Cole’s mother brought up his sister and him to be conscientious citizens who believed in family and service. An entrepreneur herself, she raised her family while managing her business as a single mother following the passing of his father.
Cole attended Rutgers University, where he served twice as the president of the student body.
In 2007, Cole continued on a path of public service to organize the volunteer effort for President Obama’s state campaign. After over a year of campaigning in many states, Cole was appointed to the White House where he served during Obama’s first term, and used innovative technology to make government more efficient and responsive to the needs of citizens across the country.
Cole is running to represent South Jersey because this is home to his wife and him, to his mother and his sister, to his large family that spans the district, and to the thousands of men and women that drive the local economy and make it such a great community to live in and raise a family.
Cole has been given many chances to serve, and grasped those opportunities and the values he grew up with to build a career of service, working to tackle tough challenges and win.
He knows what it takes to grow a business and create jobs, and will put his experience and record of delivering innovative solutions to work for the people of South Jersey.

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