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State Sen. Renee Burgess at a special election convention for the 28th district on September 9, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Burgess wins remainder of Rice’s term in 28th legislative district

New state senator has served since September

By Joey Fox, November 08 2022 8:56 pm

The New Jersey Globe projects that State Sen. Renee Burgess (D-Irvington) has won a special election for the 28th legislative district’s Senate seat, defeating Republican Joy Bembry Freeman.

Burgess’ victory in the heavily Democratic Newark-based district means she’ll serve the remainder of former State Sen. Ron Rice (D-Newark)’s Senate term, which will expire next year.

In August, Rice announced he was departing the legislature for health reasons after more than 40 years in politics. He is the longest-serving Black legislator in New Jersey history.

A special election convention was called, and after much behind-the-scenes maneuvering, Burgess – then the president of the Irvington City Council – emerged as the choice of a majority of county committeemembers. While some Newark politicians grumbled that a Newark candidate should hold the 28th district Senate seat, no one else ran, and Burgess won the convention uncontested; she was sworn into the Senate on September 29.

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