Former U.S. Department of State official Stephanie Schmid has picked up three new endorsements in her bid for the Democratic nomination for Congress in New Jersey’s 4th district.
Support from Avon Democratic Municipal Chair Patricia Q. Sheehan, Little Silver Democratic Club president Joan Gotti and Freeholder Township Democrats president Scott Berlin comes as Schmid is seeking the Monmouth County Democratic organization line for her bid to take on 20-term Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton).
The 85-year-old Sheehan is a blast from the past.
In 1967, she led a “New Five” reform group that toppled 27-year New Brunswick mayor Chester W. Paulus to take control of the city government and become the new mayor.
She became the first directly-elected mayor of New Brunswick after backing a change in the form of government, and was the first woman to hold the post.
Sheehan resigned as mayor in 1974 when Gov. Brendan Byrne nominated her to serve in his cabinet as Commissioner of Community Affairs.
“She has a track record of results, not just in her professional career as a foreign service officer and human rights advocate, but locally in Monmouth County as an activist,” said Berlin. “When I ran for Freehold Township Committee last year, there was nobody in CD4 I saw at more events or knocking on more doors than Stephanie Schmid. She had our backs, now it’s time for us to have hers.”