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Lawrence Hamm.

Longtime progressive activist will challenge Booker in Senate primary

Lawrence Hamm heads the People’s Organization for Progress

By David Wildstein, December 19 2019 10:41 am

Lawrence Hamm, a progressive leader for the last five decades, will challenge Cory Booker in the 2020 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

Booker, who is campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president, has not yet announced if he will seek re-election.

A new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy last year allows Booker to run for both offices simultaneously.  Booker could also remain on the Senate ballot in November 2020 even if he winds up on the ticket as the vice presidential nominee.

Hamm announced his candidacy on Twitter this morning

The 65-year-old Hamm heads the People’s Organization for Progress and is playing a leadership role in Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign.

He began his political career in 1971 while attending Arts High School in Newark and let a student protest at the Gateway Hotel.

Hamm captured the attention of Newark Mayor Kenneth Gibson, who appointed Hamm, then just 17-years-old, to a seat on the Newark Board of Education.   He became the nation’s youngest voting school board member and served from 1971 to 1974.

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