A Republican councilwoman from Sparta has endorsed Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair) for re-election in New Jersey’s 11th district.
“I’ve worked with Congresswoman Sherrill and I’ve seen her dedication to improving the lives of her constituents, regardless of their party affiliation,” said Molly Whilesmith, a former Sparta mayor. “She has shown up time and again, whether in the aftermath of storms that hit Sussex or to hear from our residents and students in Sparta. No matter what, Congresswoman Sherrill rises above partisanship to serve the 11th and I’m proud to support her.
Local officials in Sparta, a township with a 33%-20% Republican voter registration edge, are elected in non-partisan municipal elections.
In 2018, Sherrill lost Sparta by six percentage points, 52%-46%. Donald Trump won Sparta with 61% of the vote four years ago.
Sherrill also has the backing of Dan Chiariello, a Democratic councilman from Sparta.
“We have a non-partisan council and that’s how we govern,” Chiariello said. “Congresswoman Sherrill has proven that she is in tune with the needs of our community in Sussex County and she shares our commitment to working together to help our residents.”
The freshman congresswoman said that “service to the people of Sparta and Sussex County is not about party, it’s about helping our residents.”
“When it comes to helping small businesses during COVID-19, addressing HABs at Lake Hopatcong, or protecting the jobs at Picatinny Arsenal, I have always sought to bring people together at all levels of government in service to our community, Sherrill said.