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Schools Development Authority CEO and State Democratic Vice Chairwoman Lizette Delgado-Polanco. Photo by Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe.

Delgado-Polanco’s former deputy also on Sanders delegate slate

By David Wildstein, March 31 2020 8:53 pm

Maybe Bernie Sanders’ New Jersey campaign is the new Schools Development Authority?

Lizette Delgado-Polanco, who was forced to resign her post as CEO of the embattled agency last year after being caught giving state jobs to friends and family members, will be on the June primary election ballot as a candidate for district delegate to the Democratic National Committee pledged to Sanders.

But wait, there’s more.

Also on the Sanders delegate slate is Laury-Ann Diaz, the mother of Delgado-Polanco’s grandson.

Delgado-Polanco brought Diaz into the school development authority at a $110,000-a-year salary.  Before that, she worked at the New Jersey Democratic State Committee where Delgado-Polanco was vice chair.

As a super delegate in 2016, Delgado-Polanco supported Hillary Clinton against Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

After her ouster from the SDA and her state party post, Delgado-Polanco has found a home in the Sanders campaign.  One of her closest allies, Analilia Mejia, is Sanders’ national political director.  Mejia and her husband are both on Sanders’ New Jersey delegate slate.

In an odd twist, Delgado-Polanco signed the nominating petitions of Neeharika Thuravil and Catherine Hunt, two progressive Democrats mounting an off-the-line bid for Middlesex County freeholder.

Delgado-Polanco lives in Mercer County.

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