Back in January, Republican John Carman, an Atlantic County state lawmaker, poked fun at the January's Women's March in Washington, posting a Facebook meme that asked whether the protest would be "over in time for them to cook dinner". He said the meme was a "bad choice" but that women he knows were "strong and confident" enough not to take it personally, according to the AP.
Ashley Bennett was the victor in Tuesday's election for Freeholder in District 3 of Atlantic County, NJ against John Carman. His sexist meme sparked a protest of its own that drew dozens of women to an Atlantic County freeholder meeting in late January. He apologized a few days later, saying it was an error in judgment. Then she made a decision to run for his seat - and on Tuesday, she won it. She said of her victory, "People want change".
On Tuesday, Bennett knocked Carman off the board, defeating him handily in the election for his seat on the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders, which oversees the local government in an area that includes Atlantic City.
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Yesterday's election results were a warning to a lot of politicians (Republicans and Trump acolytes), but they sent a very clear message to one person in particular about doubling down on sexist politics: don't. The district is considered a Republican stronghold, but Bennett beat the incumbent by nearly 1,000 votes out of about 14,000 cast. "For all the people who felt their voice wasn't heard, I said 'I'll run and I will be your voice'". He has also received criticism for wearing a patch with the Confederate flag. "I am beyond speechless and incredibly grateful to serve my community", she told Inquirer reporter Amy S. Rosenberg.
The post drew national attention and was compounded by the fact that Carman did not apologize at the next freeholder meeting despite almost two hours of public comments chided him for his conduct.