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Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker.

Tucker backs Thomas-Fields for mayor

Newark assemblywoman wades into Atlantic City race

By Nikita Biryukov, May 20 2020 11:08 am

Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark) endorsed Pamela Thomas-Fields’s bid for Atlantic City mayor Wednesday.

“I believe with her education, knowledge and experience, working directly with the city, she’ll bring much needed transformation to the community,” Tucker said. “Now, more than ever, we need leaders that are resilient and strong. We need leaders that embody intellect and operate from a place that puts our constituents first. I’m proud to say Pamela has been and is one of those leaders.”

Thomas-Fields is running against Mayor Marty Small, who took the post after former Mayor Frank Gilliam resigned.

Gilliam left office after pleading guilty to stealing $87,000 from a youth basketball league he started.

Tucker’s endorsement of Thomas-Fields, who has the backing of the city’s Democratic municipal committee, comes as a small surprise.

Newark is far from Atlantic City, but Tucker said she had other ties to the mayoral candidate.

“I’ve known her for a long period of time over the years, and I know she’s a dedicated and responsible person,” the assemblywoman said. “And I think that she would do a good job as mayor of Atlantic City.”

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