Steve José Poveda is challenging two incumbents in the 29th district State Assembly primary out of frustration with the sluggishness of Trenton on progressive issues like a minimum wage increase and the legalization of marijuana.
“I want to speed thing up,” Poveda said. “Sometimes just getting a new face helps.”
Poveda said he has no real gripes with Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark) or Shanique Speight (D-Newark). He says the delays in moving bills through the legislature are not the fault of Pintor Marin or Speight.
Still, Poveda isn’t ready to talk specifics about his positions or even to discuss basic details, like his age and where he worked. He declined to identify any supporters of his candidacy and could not say why the incumbents don’t deserve to be re-elected.
“I’m not prepared to go fully on the record,” said Poveda, who grew up in Newark’s North Ward and now lives in Belleville. “I’m just talking to voters, getting my petition signed.”
Poveda filed with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission last week and launched his campaign website.
“The campaign site went live to show the bank it is a real campaign so we could open an account,” Poveda explained.
Poveda says he doesn’t expect to attack Pintor Marin or Speight.
“My issue is not with them,” the fledgling candidate said. “I’m just trying to get my name out there.”