The Teaneck Democratic Municipal Committee has voted to support Alexandra Soriano-Taveras, the municipal chair, for an open State Assembly seat in the 37th legislative district.
“Chairwoman Soriano-Taveras has demonstrated time and time again the inclusive and responsive leadership we need in Trenton,” the statement said. “She works tirelessly to advocate for Teaneck Democrats and to advance Democratic values at the local, county, state and national level. She listens to all of our members, constituents, and partners and brings us together to fight for a fairer future.”
Soriano-Taveras faces Palisades Park Mayor Christopher Chung for the Assembly seat that will either be vacated by Gordon Johnson or Valerie Vainieri Huttle, depending on who advances in the race for the open State Senate seat.
Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, who served as a Teaneck councilwoman in the 1990s, announced earlier this month that she would not seek re-election to a sixth term in the State Senate.
Teaneck Democrats praised Soriano-Taveras, who is running as “AST,” for her record on equality and inclusivity.
“Under her leadership the Teaneck Democratic Municipal Committee has partnered with grassroots groups to champion the issues of our seniors and our students,” the Democrats said. We have also stood up for our Muslim, Jewish, Black, Latinx and LGBTQ communities who have been targeted for four years of Trumpism.”
There could be two open lower house seats if both incumbents remain in the Senate race for the long haul.
The Bergen Democratic convention is scheduled for March 11 – it will likely be held virtually – with a filing deadline of February 19.
“Soriano-Taveras knows there is much more work to be done and she has demonstrated the type of leadership we need in Trenton to make our communities fairer and safer for all New Jersey residents,” the local Democrats said. “Soriano-Taveras has the experience and skill to marshal the resources we need to rise to the challenges of protecting our communities from COVID-19, rebuilding our local economy ravaged by the pandemic, and healing the political divide that has widened more than ever after four years of Trump.