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Shane Mitchell and Louis DiPaolo campaign for Democratic congressional candidate Roy Cho in New Jersey's 5th district in 2014. (Photo: Louis DiPaolo).

Weinberg picks Mitchell as new chief of staff

Francica departed to become top Bergen election official

By David Wildstein, August 02 2021 5:42 pm

Shane Mitchell will serve as Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg following the departure of Debra Francica to become Bergen County Superintendent of Elections,

Mitchell has worked for Weinberg since 2016 and has been her legislative director for the last four years.

“Shane Mitchell has done a tremendous job advancing my legislative agenda in the statehouse,” Weinberg said. “With him as Legislative Director, we have passed a first-in-the-nation earned sick leave program, the most ambitious equal pay law in the country, NJ Transit reform, and the restored film production tax credit program. His statehouse experience will serve the district well, and I know he is well prepared to deliver excellent service to the residents of District 37.”

He will continue to serve as legislative director for the next five months.  Weinberg is not seeking re-election.

Weinberg’s deputy legislative director, Karlito Almeda, is the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 39th district against incumbents Bob Auth (R-Old Tappan) and DeAnne DeFuccio (R-Upper Saddle River).

“I am humbled by the trust Senator Weinberg has placed in me and am excited to get to work fighting for our constituents,” said Mitchell, a Princeton University graduate. “I have learned so much from my friend and predecessor, Debra Francica, and I am committed to the Senator’s progressive vision for a better, fairer New Jersey.”

An earlier version of this story misstated the legislative district where Almeda is a candidate. 

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