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Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) announcing her slate of candidates for the legislature on February 24, 2021.

Vainieri Huttle announces campaign co-chairs

By Nikita Biryukov, March 03 2021 10:10 am

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) on Wednesday announced a slate of 13 campaign co-chairs in her bid for the seat left vacant by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg’s (D-Teaneck) retirement.

“I am proud to have assembled a winning team and coalition of support that will help get us to victory on June 8th.” Vainieri Huttle said. “This campaign is about building grassroots momentum to ensure that the voices of District 37’s voters are heard.”

Vainieri Huttle is mounting an off-the-line bid for the district’s Senate seat against former running mate Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood), who is poised to win Bergen County Democrats’ organizational line.

Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler tops out Vainieri Huttle’s list of campaign co-chairs. He’s joined by Tenafly Councilman Jeffrey Grossman, former Teaneck Mayor Jacqueline Kates, former Englewood Cliffs Councilwoman Roberta Stern and Steven Goldstein, the founder of Garden State Equality.

They’ll back Vainieri and her Assembly running mates, Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney-Rice and Tenafly Councilwoman Lauren Dayton.

Shari Raimondo DePalma, Kevin Wilson, Tevra Francis, Lucria Ortiz, Hetal Gor, Estina Baker, Soyung Pak and Carlos Ivan Merino will also serve as campaign co-chairs.

“From Teaneck to Fort Lee, our campaign is ready to compete and win in an open and direct primary.” Romney-Rice said. “I am honored to have the backing and support of a diverse coalition of community leaders who will help to get our message out to the voters of the 37th Legislative District.”

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