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Jill Dobrowansky and Ryan Young are candidates for NJ Assembly in Legislative District 9. They are residents of Stafford Township and are ready to serve the community members of LD9.

We are pleased to announce the following endorsements of our campaign:





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Thanks to RTY Photography for the pictures of Barnegat LIghthouse.

About the Candidates:

  • Jill is a married, New Jersey native, raised in Roselle Park, Union County, moving to Ocean County in 1995. Jill graduated from Monmouth University (BA in Psychology & Elementary Education and MA in Teaching) and Georgian Court University (MA in Public School Administration). She is a member of the Stafford Township Democratic Club, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, New Jersey Literacy Association, New Jersey Association for School Administrators, International Literacy Association, and Friends of the Ocean County Library. Jill is a public school administrator who also spent years as an elementary school teacher. She is dedicated to protect public education, students with disabilities, LGBTQ rights, female rights, and the environment. Jill is prepared to ensure those voices are represented in Trenton.
  • Ryan is married with a stepson who attends Stafford School District. He graduated from Rowan College at Burlington County (AA in Political Science, AS in Liberal Arts & Sciences) and Thomas Edison State University (BA in Communications). Ryan is a member of the Stafford Democrats Club, Ocean County Young Democrats, New Jersey Young Democrats (where he serves as the Chairman of the Military & Veteran Caucus), Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Thomas Edison State University Alumni Association, and Rowan College at Burlington County Alumni Association. He is a veteran who served in the United States Army who served in OIF, and in support of OEF from 2006 - 2014. Ryan is dedicated to ensure our country’s heroes are not tossed aside and he is striving to make their transition into life beyond the uniform smoother and easier.

Democrats 2000 Endorsement

We are proud to announce the Democrats 2000 endorsement of Ryan Young for Assembly. As an actively involved member of the Young Democrats, both at the State and County levels, we thank the Democrats 2000 for recognizing our commitment to Young Democrats and the issues affecting them.

Support Harvey Relief Efforts

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey as it continues to dump inches of rain on Texas and Louisiana. In New Jersey, we are all too familiar with the effects of a catastrophic storm. We must rally together to get much needed supplies and resources to the ever-growing citizens and towns in crisis. There are several donation centers set up around the state who are collecting items to send to Texas and Louisiana. We need to support these efforts the same way we were supported after Superstorm Sandy. Consider donating today! Our fellow Americans are counting on us.

Mourning the loss of an advocate

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Senator Jim Whelan of Atlantic City, a man we had the pleasure to meet and work with. Senator Whelan was an advocate who cared deeply for his work and the citizens of NJ and Atlantic County. Our thoughts and condolences go our to the entire Whelan family during this difficult time.

NJEA Endorsement

We are proud to announce NJEA’s endorsement of Jill Dobrowansky for Assembly. As a life long educator, we thank the NJEA for recognizing our strong support of education and our children with this endorsement.

Ryan and Jill recently visited the WOBM studios to discuss issues affecting NJ citizens with News Director, Tom Mongelli.

Response to Disrespectful Behavior

This weekend, Governor Chris Christie publicly berated a member of the public at a baseball game, referring to the citizen as a “big shot”. This may seem like a mundane event, however this is a symptom of a larger and more pervasive issue. Whether it is the arrogance of silence on key issues and misconduct of those in government from Assembly people Gove and Rumpf, or the outright condescension of Governor Chris Christie, the hard working and respectable people of our great state deserve better.

In a state where our children are taught that harassment, intimidation, and bullying are not acceptable behavior and to stand up against oppression, the silence from our elected officials is deafening. The Governor and Representatives elected to serve the citizens of legislative district nine should learn the same lessons we teach our children. It is time to send representatives to Trenton who will stand-up against disrespectful bullies.

Jill Dobrowansky

LD 9 Assembly Candidate

Public School Administrator

Co-Chairperson Ocean County Democratic Women’s Caucus

Ryan Young

LD 9 Assembly Candidate

Co-President Ocean County Young Democrats

Chairman Military & Veteran Caucus NJ Young Dems

Transgender Ban Statement

One year ago, our military leaders issued the order removing all gender orientation discrimination allowing anyone with the desire to volunteer their lives for this country to do so. Recently, the POTUS revoked this order, stating freedom may be defended only by certain persons, dragging our country backwards into the discriminatory past.

Right now, there are thousands of transgender American men and women actively protecting our freedoms and liberties. Within the borders and waterways of New Jersey are three military bases and a Coast Guard Training Center, which serves and protects not only the United States but also the communities and residents of our great state. This ban threatens our national security, wasting millions of our tax dollars already spent on training our brothers and sisters in arms who now find themselves under attack by this administration. Additionally this reduces our military force and her readiness to defend freedom and democracy, and we can not stand for this as it is a violation of the values that our country was built on.

We are at a time when legislation has passed prohibiting health insurers, SHBP, SEHBP, health care providers, and Medicare from discriminating in providing coverage and services based on gender identity (A4568). Another significant piece of legislation that was passed requires the Commissioner of Education to develop guidelines for school districts regarding transgender students (S3067). Neither of these bills were supported by our current representatives.

The lack of support is wrong and detrimental towards living together in a peaceful, civilized society. In the face of discriminatory silence, we proudly stand with every member of our country and her military against this assault. It is time to send representatives to Trenton who will serve and fight to protect the rights and liberties of all citizens, not just chosen groups.

Ryan Young, US Army Veteran

LD 9 Assembly Candidate

Co-President Ocean County Young Democrats

Chairman Military & Veteran Caucus NJ Young Dems

Jill Dobrowansky

LD 9 Assembly Candidate

Co-Chairperson Ocean County Democratic Women’s Caucus


Thank you to everyone who came out to our Down the Shore Event. The skies cleared and it was a beautiful evening! A special Thank You to the Patterson family for opening their hearts and home to the winning campaign team.

We had the opportunity to spend time on the Seaside Heights boardwalk yesterday afternoon with Phil Murphy talking to the taxpayers of NJ about issues concerning them. We heard a lot of concerns about the environment, property taxes, and the lack of leadership in Trenton. Thanks to everyone we spoke to for your honesty and to the Murphy campaign for your support. #flipthe9th Put Your Trust Back in Trenton!

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On July 4th we had the honor of leading the Galloway-Port Republic Democratic Club in the annual Galloway Twp Parade. The 50 ft American Flag was made by middle school students.

Thank you to everyone that came out and supported us at our fundraiser! We are forever grateful and appreciative of you spending your time and helping us reach our goals.

So grateful to be a part of the Bennett For Freeholder event today! Ashley is out there wanting to make a real difference and improve the lives of her constituents in Atlantic County. We need to continue to campaign with her to make Atlantic County better!!

Today it was surreal and exciting to select my own name along with my running mates Ryan Young and Brian White in the #njprimary2017 I am looking forward campaigning with all the Democratic candidates in the upcoming months - Let's Do This! Put Your Trust back in Trenton!

Primary night party! Victory #1....on to November now!!

Jill and Ryan on Long Beach Island taking some photos. They were on the Ship Bottom beach for a casual photo shoot last week.

Candidates for LD9 at the Southern Ocean County Democratic event on 3/26/17. In this photo from right to left are: Brian White, Senate Candidate, Jill Dobrowansky, Assembly Candidate, and Ryan Young, Assembly Candidate.

LD9 candidates had the opportunity to spend time with Ambassador Phil Murphy in March. In photo from left to right: Ryan Young (Assembly), Brian White (Senate), Ambassador Phil Murphy (Governor) and Jill Dobrowansky (Assembly).

Thank you to everyone who signed our petitions! We look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail or at an upcoming event (visit the Events tab at the top of this page). Read about it here