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Progressive Assembly candidate Aissa Heath. (Photo: Via Facebook)

Two progressives launch Assembly bids in LD20

Aissa Heath, Ricky Castaneda will challenge Quijano, Holley

By Nikita Biryukov, January 13 2021 11:30 am

Progressives Aissa Heath and Ricky Castaneda announced they would challenge incumbent Democratic legislators in the 20th legislative district Wednesday.

““Marginalized communities need unapologetic voices standing up for them in our statehouse,” Heath said. “We cannot compromise our values when it comes to seeking racial justice and criminal justice reform in our district and state.”

The two join Union County Progressive Democrats Vice Chair Jason Krychiw, who is seeking State Sen. Joe Cryan’s (D-Cranford) seat.

“People are frustrated with the out of touch politicians who currently represent us,” said Castaneda. “We need someone who will fight for a higher minimum wage, tuition-free public college and universities, and guarantee healthcare to all New Jerseyans, regardless of immigration status.”

Heath and Castaneda will face Assemblywoman Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) and Assemblyman Jamel Holley (D-Roselle).

It’s going to be an uphill battle for the progressives. In 2019, Quijano and Holley batted aside a primary challenge from Kenneth Jones with four-to-one margins.

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