Valerie Huttle and her running mates filed nominating petitions with the state Division of Elections on Monday, securing her ballot position in a bid for the Demcoratic State Senate nomination in the 37th district.
Vainieri Huttle and two Assembly candidates, Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Councilwoman Lauren Kohn Dayton, formally kicked off their campaign with a virtual rally on Sunday.
“We understand that this is not your average campaign,” Vainieri Huttle said. “We are asking the voters of the 37th legislative district to stand with us for progressive, positive change to get us to Trenton, and judging by a successful campaign kickoff and an overwhelming grassroots response to our petitions, the voters are answering the call.”
Vainieri Huttle, an eight-term assemblywoman, faces Assemblyman Gordon Johnson in the June Democratic primary for Loretta Weinberg’s Senate seat. Weinberg is not seeking re-election.
“This campaign is about building grassroots momentum to elect a historic ticket of progressive leaders in district 37. The groundswell of support that we have received from the community proves that we have the momentum to win in June,” Romney race said. “We are three effective, passionate leaders who were each told ‘it wasn’t our time’, so we made it our time. The time to serve our community is always now and we are ready to get to work.”
Romney Rice and Dayton are running off the line with Vainieri Huttle. They are expected to face former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman and former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park.
Haider and Park would replace Teaneck Democratic Municipal Chair Alexandra Soriano-Taveras and Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung, who withdrew from the race last week.
“We are bringing our message and our platform directly to the voters to make this a meaningful and fair election,” Kohn said.