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Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) President Debbie White

Nurses union backs Democrats in key legislative races

Lone registered nurse in the Legislature doesn’t get HPAE support

By David Wildstein, October 03 2019 11:56 am

The Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) union has all Democrats for the 2019 mid-term legislative races, except for Assemblyman Sean Kean (R-Wall) in the 30th district.

Clinton Calabrese (D-Cliffside Park) is the lone incumbent Democratic legislator in the state who did not win the endorsement of the HPAE, New Jersey’s largest Registered Nurses and health care professionals union in New Jersey, with more than 13,000 members statement.

In the 21st district, where Assembly Minority Whip Nancy Munoz (R-Summit) is a registered nurse, the union endorsed Democrats Lisa Mandelblatt and Stacey Gunderman.  The other incumbent is Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield).

“After reviewing the candidates’ responses to questions of importance to healthcare professionals, HPAE selected to endorse candidates who are supportive of our priorities.” said Debbie White, President of HPAE.  “These candidates are on the side of health care workers and patients and have shown that they will work to protect them at a time when the healthcare industry is rapidly changing.”

The nurses union is backing Democratic challengers in the much-watched 8th and 25th districts.  Support went to Gina LaPlaca and Mark Natale against incumbent Ryan Peters (R-Hainesport) and is running mate, former Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield.  Lisa Bhimani and Darcy Draeger have the HPAE endorsement over Minority Conference Leader Anthony M. Bucco (R-Boonton) and Denville Councilman Brian Bergen.

In the state’s only State Senate race, the union is backing incumbent Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle) over Cumberland County GOP Chairman Michael Testa, Jr.

Endorsements also went to Democrats in districts 26 and 39, and in uphill races in districts 9, 10, 12, 13, 23, and 40.

No endorsements were made in district 24, and only one candidate, Maria Martini Cordonnier, in the 40th.

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