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Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez. (Photo: Hudson County Prosecutor's Office.)

Latino Democratic group backs Suarez for federal prosecutor

By David Wildstein, January 31 2021 4:17 pm

The Latino-American Democratic Association of New Jersey endorsed Esther Suarez for U.S. Attorney on Sunday.

“A proud daughter of immigrants and a product of a working class community in Hudson County, Ms. Suarez has proven to be a servant leader,” said LADA president Andrés Acebo in a statement on behalf of the organization. “From her notable practice representing governmental entities to her bipartisan appointment as a state court judge and chief county prosecutor, Ms. Suarez has a record of lifting diverse communities all while weathering with grace the tumultuous political scorn that afflict those that break molds.”

Suarez, the Hudson County Prosecutor, is one of seven current or former prosecutors under active consideration to become the new U.S. Attorney.

Among the candidates receiving consideration is Ricardo Solano, Jr., a First Assistant state Attorney General from 2008 to 2010 and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2007.

“Without reservation, we are confident that Ms. Suarez will bring an unrivaled marriage of legal acumen, spirt of public service, and a culture of diversity and equity to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey,” the Latino group said.  “Representation in all spaces matters and Ms. Suarez’s gifts and talents will serve the people of New Jersey well and with distinction.”

President Joe Biden is widely expected to rely on the recommendation of the senior U.S. Senator from New Jersey, Bob Menendez, when he makes his nomination.  Menendez is reportedly working closely with his Senate colleague, Cory Booker, on a list of prosecutor and judicial candidates.

“One thing is for certain, Ms. Suarez has and will continue to be the first to do many things but her commitment to make sure she’s not the last to do them is the greatest tribute a community can be paid by one of its champions,” the LADA statement said.

If nominated, Suarez would be the first U.S. Attorney of color in New Jersey, and the second woman.

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