Tenafly Councilman Daniel Park endorsed Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) and his running mates Thursday, passing over fellow Tenafly lawmaker Lauren Dayton.
“This ticket makes me proud to be a part of the Democratic Party. It’s a distinct pleasure to be able to endorse a group of people I deeply respect, admire, and believe in,” Park said. “There has been no greater advocate for the Korean community in Trenton than Gordon Johnson, and today we have the opportunity to send him to the State Senate alongside Ellen Park, a fearless leader who would be the first Korean American woman legislator in New Jersey history.”
Johnson and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) are both running to succeed Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), who is not seeking re-election.
Johnson is making his bid with the support of the Bergen County Democratic Committee, which has also awarded the line to his running mates, Tenafly Democratic Municipal Chairman Shama Haider and former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Ellen Park.
Dayton, Tenafly’s council president, and Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice are running off-the-line with Vainieri Huttle.
“Shama Haider has been a mentor, friend, and ally. She was the person who first asked me to run for Council in Tenafly, because she understood the vital need for Asian representation in our borough,” Daniel Park said. “All three members of this historic ticket bring new perspectives and different experiences and together, they are a perfect representation of the diversity and values of this district. I can’t wait to watch them make history come November.”
Tenafly Mayor Mark Zinna backed Johnson’s slate last week.