Former congressional candidate Leigh-Ann Bellew of Union Beach is circulating a petition to run for State Senate in the 13th Legislative District, according to multiple sources familiar with the petition.
Petitions with at least 100 signatures are due to be filed with the Secretary of State/Division of Elections in Trenton on Monday, April 1st. 13th district incumbent Senator Joe Kyrillos’ petition with 200 signatures has been filed.
Bellew, 43, was the Republican nominee for Congress against Frank Pallone in 2006, running on the theme Mom on a Mission. She managed Anna Little’s primary campaign against Diane Gooch in 2010.
Bellew is a pro-life conservative who describes her political philosophy as Constitutionalist.
Bellew told MoreMonmouthMusings that she has collected about 200 signatures but has not made a final decision to run. She said she hopes to talk with Kryillos, who she said she likes personally.
“I am not happy with Joe’s apparent lack of conviction and leadership on important issues like life and the second amendment,” said Bellew ,”he says he’s pro-life personally and has a good voting record for life, but he blows with the win with his rhetoric. That’s not leadership.
‘Joe’s record on the second amendment is not good. He favors restricting gun rights. That is a big problem, especially given our current government in Washington. We need leaders on all levels to protect our rights.”
Bellew said she would make her final decision about running over the weekend.