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Hector Tavarez, a retired Egg Harbor Township police captain, is running for Congress against Jeff Van Drew. (Photo: Hector Taverez.)

Tavarez endorsed by UFCW Local 360

By Joey Fox, February 28 2022 11:21 am

Retired Egg Harbor Township police captain Hector Tavarez’s bid for the 2nd congressional district was endorsed today by the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 360, a union representing New Jerseyans working in retail, food processing, and other related industries. 

Tavarez, a Democrat, faces former prosecutor Tim Alexander and two other candidates in the Democratic primary to take on party-switching Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis).

In an endorsement letter sent to Tavarez, UFCW Local 360 President Sam Ferraino said he believed that Tavarez would be an ally of organized labor in Congress.

“On behalf of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 360, I want to thank you for your commitment to being ‘a U.S. Representative who listens to and supports organized labor,’ and for your willingness to ‘help improve wage parity, provide employment and economic opportunity, and assure safe working conditions,’” Ferraino said.

Alexander is considered the frontrunner in the primary, having raised the most money and received prominent endorsements from 2020 2nd district Democratic nominee Amy Kennedy, former Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Northfield), and Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick. But either Alexander or Tavarez would face an uphill campaign against Van Drew, who has a nearly $1 million warchest and whose district became mildly more favorable to Republicans on the new congressional map.

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