In Brief

Sauickie sworn in to replace late Assemblyman Ronald Dancer

By: - September 16, 2022 7:00 am

Alex Sauickie stands with his family, including wife, Maggie (holding 22-month-old daughter, Emma), and son, Alex, and the late Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s wife, Brenda, as Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio swears him in on Sept. 15, 2022, from the floor of the Assembly chamber and Speaker Craig Coughlin watches from the dais. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock for the Assembly Republican Office)

Assemblyman Alex Sauickie was sworn in to office Thursday, filling a seat vacated by the late Assemblyman Ronald Dancer.

“It’s an honor to serve as an outspoken advocate for conservative values in the state legislature, and I will work tirelessly to stop radical left policies that are ruining the economy, coming between parents and children, and threatening our republic and individual liberties,” Sauickie said.

The Jackson resident will serve until a special election can be held in November. Sauickie likely will win that election because he’s running unopposed, and serve until the next statewide elections are held in 2023.

Dancer died July 23 after serving nearly two decades in the Assembly. Sauickie was elected to the seat in early August at a special election convention of Ocean County Republicans over the candidate picked by county GOP chairman George Gilmore. The New Jersey Globe was first to report his swearing in.

State law bans dual office-holding, and Sauickie resigned from a seat on the Jackson Township Council to take his position in the Assembly. His district includes parts of Burlington, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties.

He is global head of wealth and retirement services for Fidelity Information Services, a financial technology firm, and was sworn in by Assembly Minority Leader John DiMaio (R-Warren).

“I represent the struggling families who can’t afford ‘tax and spend’ Democrats and the beleaguered business owners who were forced to close their doors because of government overreach,” Sauickie said. “I look forward to getting to work for the residents of the 12th legislative district and all New Jerseyans.”


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Nikita Biryukov
Nikita Biryukov

Nikita Biryukov most recently covered state government and politics for the New Jersey Globe. His tenure there included revelatory stories on marijuana legalization, voting reform and Rep. Jeff Van Drew's decamp to the Republican Party. Earlier, he worked as a freelancer for The Home News Tribune and The Press of Atlantic City.