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Socialist Workers Party candidate Joanne Kuriansky, right, gathers signatures on her nominating petitions in Paterson in January 2021. (Photo: Joanne Kuniansky.)

2021 Socialist Workers Party gubernatorial candidate files for Senate run against Stack

Kuniansky, Sherman will run joint independent campaign

By Joey Fox, February 02 2023 11:44 am

Joanne Kuniansky, who got 4,012 votes in the 2021 gubernatorial election as the Socialist Workers Party nominee, has filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission for an independent State Senate candidacy in the 33rd legislative district.

Campaigning alongside Kuniansky for one of the district’s Assembly seats is Lea Sherman, who ran for the 9th congressional district in last year’s House elections. They will face State Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) and two new Assembly candidates, North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco and West New York Mayor Gabe Rodriguez, in the heavily Democratic Hudson County district.

In her 2021 gubernatorial run, Kuniansky got a total of 69 votes in the new 33rd district, good for 0.17% of the vote.

Kuniansky fared a bit better in her 8th district congressional campaign last year against now-Rep. Rob Menendez (D-Jersey City), winning 202 votes in the 33rd legislative district, or 0.57%. She was the best-performing independent candidate in the 8th district overall, which in turn had the highest rate of third-party voting of any congressional district in the state at 2.9%.

Sherman’s congressional campaign against Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson), meanwhile, got 28 votes in Secaucus, the only municipality that overlaps between the 9th congressional district and the 33rd legislative district.

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