Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle today launched her off the line bid for the Democratic State Senate nomination in the 37th district, announcing that Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Councilwoman Lauren Kohn Dayton will run on her ticket for State Assembly.
Vainieri Huttle said on Tuesday that she would not compete for the line at the Bergen County Democratic convention next month. Her rival for the nomination, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, has secured enough votes to secure the organization line. That left her no clear path to win.
“I have no choice but to fight for an open and fair process,” Vainieri Huttle said. “I will not allow a predetermined outcome to shape the future of District 37.
Rice and Dayton will face Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung and Teaneck Democratic Municipal Chair Alexandria Soriano-Taveras in the June 8 Democratic primary.
Rice is serving her first term on the Teaneck Council after serving as a school board member.
Dayton was elected to the Tenafly council in 2017 and re-elected in 2020.