Lucide will face Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti in the June primary
Mico Lucide’s campaign for Atlantic County Clerk announced three endorsements this week in his Democratic Primary run on June 8. Lucide received the endorsement of the LGBTQ Victory Fund—an organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office—as well as Our Revolution, an organization devoted to electing progressive candidates and fighting corruption in government. Lucide was also recently endorsed by South Jersey Progressive Democrats, a grassroots organization.
Lucide is a former Green Party official. He is also the current chairman of Atlantic County Revolution.
Lucide has now been endorsed by two national organizations, five state and regional organizations, and over a dozen activists, past candidates, and former elected officials. His opponent, Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti won the Atlantic County Democratic organization party line for county clerk in the upcoming primary. Jiampetti had defeated Mico Lucide at the party’s annual convention last month by a vote of 132-80. She has a doctorate in organizational leadership and is married to a New Jersey State Trooper.
“While I have every intention of continuing through the primary, I will do so cordially, continuing to speak no negativity of, or toward, Mayor Jiampetti as this election plays out,” Lucide told the New Jersey Globe. “The people will decide our nominee, and I anticipate they will do so based on the message that resonates with them the most.”
“I trust that the party and Mayor Jiampetti will respect my intent to allow democracy to play out in the voting booths, as our voters deserve to have a choice,” said Lucide in the interview with New Jersey Globe.
Both candidates are seeking the County Clerk position currently held by embattled three-term incumbent Edward McGettigan, who is not seeking re-election.
Lucide shortly after loosing the local party endorsement, began seeking endorsements from LGBTQ and other progressive groups. “These endorsements reflect the national spotlight on voting rights, representation, and government accountability, and I am honored to receive the support of each of these organizations,” said Lucide in a press release.
“The County Clerk’s office is the front line of defense in our local democracy,” said Lucide. “Seeing the surge of attention being given to issues like the county line and voter participation is deeply heartening, and a sign that this campaign is making an impact.”
Lucide said he is running on a platform to make civic information accessible to all people in Atlantic County. His plan involves direct outreach to engage with communities, especially those with low voter turnout. Lucide said the plan will be to modernizing the County Clerk’s office and website to make them both more user-friendly and welcoming; and enforcing better ballot practices by making the ballot fairer to voters and candidates.
Lucide has worked as a research assistant at Stockton University’s William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. He archived legal and organizational documents for the university’s President’s Office, and also organized the Older Adult Education program for the Stockton Center on Successful Aging.
In his position at Stockton Lucide prepared monthly grant reports and annual grant redeterminations. He currently works in IT for a locally-based multinational corporation, where he has managed teams for equipment and software rollouts. He said he feels that constituent relations and being a resource for people is central to his purpose in life.
Lucide will face Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti in the Primary election on June 8.