The 5th District encompasses 20 communities in Gloucester and Camden counties: Audubon, Audubon Park, Barrington, Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Camden, Deptford, Gloucester City, Haddon Heights, Harrison, Lawnside, Magnolia, Mantua, Mount Ephraim, Runnemede, Wenonah, Westville, Woodbury, and Woodlynn.
This is a safe Democratic district, with about 40 percent of registered voters identifying with the “blue” party, 12 percent Republican, and most of the rest unaffiliated.
This is one of only a few districts with an open seat. For the Assembly, only Democrat Angel Fuentes, a hospital patient relations representative and former Camden councilman, is on the ballot. Assemblyman Gilbert Wilson, elected in 2009, is running instead for Camden County sheriff; he was replaced on the ballot by Marianne Holly Cass of Haddon Heights.
The Republicans running unopposed are Kevin P. Ehret of Magnolia and Ralph Williams of Camden. This is the only district with a state Senate race. Democratic Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, who was appointed earlier this year to replace Donald Norcross, who was elected to Congress, is running to keep her seat for the next two years. No Republicans filed for that race.