First-time Democratic candidate Ashley Bennett says she was inspired to run for office after Republican Atlantic County freeholder John Carman mocked the DC Women's March on social media. Bennett went on to win the election Tuesday, denying Carman a second term.
“Like so many women across the state, I was offended and disgusted by Freeholder Carman’s misogynist Facebook posts,” Bennett said last month. “This kind of behavior simply cannot be tolerated any more.”
Though he initially claimed people need to "lighten up", Carman apologized a few days after the incident.
He later apologized, saying: “I made an error in judgment with a meme [I] thought was amusing and harmless. I was wrong. It is obvious to me that I have hurt many people, men and women with my insensitive post. For this, I am truly sorry.”