Candidate Aimee Belgard

District New Jersey 3rd
Key Coastal Communities Ocean County, NJ
Party Democrat
Quote from Website "I have a strong record of protecting our environment, and I’ll continue that record in Congress. The 3rd Congressional District is home to many natural treasures that encompass our farmland, shore and Pinelands. I’ll work to protect these treasures by working to expand alternative energy, which will create jobs with benefits, lessen CO2 emissions, and decrease our dependence on foreign oil. I’ll also support initiatives that protect our farms and curb pollution. And, I’ll work to keep the shore clean for recreation, tourism and fishing, for generations to come."
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http://www.belgardforcongress.com/

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Leadership: Aimee grew up in South Jersey, in a middle-class family of four. She graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High, followed by Stockton College in South Jersey, where she serving as chairperson of the school’s environmental club, before obtaining her Juris Doctorate in law from Widener University School of Law and ultimately commit to a career in public service.

When she was twelve, Aimee began her first job delivering newspapers throughout her neighborhood and she’s been working hard ever since. She is a seasoned trial and appellate litigator, a Burlington County Freeholder, an award-winning volunteer community leader, and the mother of two young boys. Additionally, Aimee is an active member of Neighborhood Watch and proudly serves as an Honorary Commander with the 514th Air Mobility Wing at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Joint Base.

When Aimee was nine, her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Doctors said that she had less than a year to live, but her mother fought the disease for over twenty years before eventually losing her battle. Several years later, Aimee’s father, a Vietnam Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange, was diagnosed with stomach cancer. He eventually lost his battle to the disease as well.

Aimee has always believed in taking her life experiences and putting them to good use for others. After losing both of her parents to cancer, she became very involved with the American Cancer Society and served on both the local and national level, sitting on the Executive Board of the American Cancer Society Eastern Division and the National Board of the Cancer Action Network.

After years of advocating to elected officials at every level of government on behalf of the American Cancer Society, Aimee decided to run for office herself. She was elected to the Edgewater Park Township Committee in 2009 and was elected to the Burlington County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2012. In her race for Freeholder, her opponents – including Super Pacs funded by Sheldon Adelson – spent over $1 million in an attempt to defeat her. But against all odds, Aimee won, and has been shaking things up on the Freeholder Board ever since. Aimee is a battle-tested candidate and a proven fighter, and as a Burlington County Freeholder, she represents 55% of the 3rd Congressional District.

As a Freeholder, Aimee works across party lines to deliver results for her community. She has increased transparency, worked with both parties to save the treasured Rancocas Nature Center, and worked with her Republican colleagues to pass a balanced budget. Aimee will take her consensus-driven approach to governance with her to Congress, to help break the partisan fever that has paralyzed Washington.

Aimee and her husband, Bill, a small business owner, are the proud parents of two school-aged sons, Liam and Tommy. They live in Edgewater Park.