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Johnson picks ex-Booker aide to manage Senate race

Longtime Bergen Democratic operative Storm Wyche will run organization slate in 37th

By David Wildstein, March 24 2021 1:05 pm

Storm Wyche, a veteran political operative who worked for Cory Booker’s presidential and U.S. Senate campaigns, will manage Assemblyman Gordon Johnson’s campaign for State Senate in the closely-watched 37th district Demcoratic primary.

Wyche will also run the Assembly campaigns of former Tenafly Councilwoman Shama Haider and former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park, Johnson’s running mates.

Johnson faces Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle in the Senate primary.  Huttle is running with Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Council President Lauren Kohn Dayton.

“We are excited to have such a dynamic and experienced manager for this ticket,” Johnson said. “Storm has worked every aspect of a campaign and I have the utmost confidence that she has the ability to bring this team across the finish line.”

Wyche was slated to run Cory Booker’s New Jersey presidential campaign if he made it to the state’s primary.  She worked as deputy national scheduler prior to Booker’s exit from the race, and was the deputy director of the coordinated campaign for the senator’s landslide re-election last year.

The 30-year-old Democratic staffer was the deputy director of communications and policy for the Bergen County Board of Freeholders, served as field director for Rep. Josh Gottheimer’s re-election campaign, as deputy Bergen County political director for the New Jersey Democratic Coordinated Campaign in 2017, and as the Democratic State Committee’s paid canvass director assigned to Gottheimer’s 2016 campaign that unseated Rep. Scott Garrett (R-Wantage).

“It’s an honor to be entrusted with such an important and historic slate of candidates,” Wyche stated. “This team represents everything we pride ourselves on in the democratic party. They are community-first leaders, dedicated to fighting inequality, climate change, and for the most vulnerable among us. They are experienced, progressive, and a true representation of the diversity of Bergen County. I can’t wait to help them make history.”

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