New Jersey Working Families has announced three endorsements in upcoming elections in what was described on social media as their first wave of candidates for May and June elections.
The progressive grassroots group is backing Amy Kennedy for Conrgess in the 2nd district, Arati Kreibich in her Democratic primary challenge to Rep. Josh Gottheimer in the 5th, and Sean Spiller for mayor of Montclair in the May 12 non-partisan municipal election.
Kennedy is one of five Democrats seeking the chance to take on Democrat-turned-Republican Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).
“Amy is a former public school teacher, mental health advocate and mother of five. She will fight for what matters to South Jersey families in Congress: good jobs, climate change, & healthcare — including mental health & addiction crisis,” the endorsement said.
Kreibich, a Glen Rock councilwoman, entered the race earlier this year and has accused Gottheimer of being out of step with House Democrats.
“She is committed to fighting the climate crisis and pursuing healthcare for all when elected to Congress,” he group noted.
Spiller, a councilman and deputy mayor, wants to replace Robert Jackson, who is not seeking re-election.
“On Council, Sean has fought for progress, justice and equality,” NJWF said. “He is a high school science teacher and serves as Vice President of NJEA, where he fights for our educators, public schools and working families.”