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Irvington Council President Renee Burgess. (Photo: Renee Burgess).

Led by Mayor Tony Vauss, Irvington Democratic leaders back Burgess for Senate

Council president is leading candidate to replace Ron Rice in 28th district

By David Wildstein, September 07 2022 7:35 am

Renee Burgess has locked in endorsements from her hometown of Irvington as she heads into Friday’s special election convention to replace Ronald Rice (D-Newark) in the New Jersey State Senate.

Mayor Tony Vauss, Essex County Commissioner Romaine Graham, and all six colleagues on the township council – Dr. October Hudley, Charnette, Frederic, Jamillah Beasley, Vern Cox, Orlander Vick, and  Sean Evans – announced their support for Burgess on Wednesday.

“We are proud to say that Renee C. Burgess is honest, hard-working and has all the qualifications required to be our next state senator,” the eight Democratic officials said.

Irvington has 60 Democratic county committee seats, about 22% of the total number of eligible votes in the 28th legislative district.  Baseemah Beasley, the Democratic municipal chair, is also backing Burgess.

Burgess is the Irvington council president.  She was elected to the council in 2014 after eleven years on the school board.

Citing health reasons, Rice retired last week after 36 years in the State Senate.  He sent out a letter endorsing Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark) as his successor.  Tucker has not yet indicated if he plans to seek the Senate seat in an election that is three days away.

Rice also wants one of his advisors, former CWA Local 1039 President Lionel Leach, to take Tucker’s Assembly seat.  Leach lives in Irvington but is not the choice of his local party leadership to represent the township in Trenton.

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