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State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton). (Photo: Nikita Biryukov for the New Jersey Globe)

NJEA backs Bucco, Dunn in 25th district special election

GOP legislators pick up endorsement of state’s largest public employee union

By David Wildstein, August 05 2020 4:40 pm

The New Jersey Education Association has endorsed State Sen. Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) and Assemblywoman Aura Dunn (R-Mendham) for re-election in 25th district.

Both are seeking 14-month unexpired terms in the legislature.

The NJEA endorsed Bucco for re-election to the State Assembly in 2019.  He moved up to the Senate in October following the death of his father, State Sen. Anthony R. Bucco (R-Boonton) and Dunn replaced him in the Assembly in November.

“Senator Bucco is a good friend of public education. His experience is invaluable, and his leadership is clear on the key issues facing school children and educators,” said NJEA president Marie Blistan. “Parents and educators know they can rely on Senator Bucco to always be fighting for them on the issues that are important in education today.”

Bucco faces Democrat Rupande Mehta.

Blistan also praised Dunn’s short tenure in the lower house.

“In her short time in Trenton, Aura Dunn has proven to be a strong advocate for public education, children and parents,” Blistan said.  “She deserves re-election to continue the important work she has begun.”

Chester Township Democratic Chair Darcy Draeger, who ran against Bucco last year, is challenging Dunn.

Bucco says he opposed proposed cuts in state funding to several municipalities in the 25th.

“I’m proud to have the endorsement of the NJEA and the teachers across my district, which confirms the efforts,” he said.  “I’ve made to work across the aisle to protect our local schools and education professionals.”

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