The New Jersey Working Families Alliance endorsed three Assembly candidates and a handful of downballot Democrats Thursday.
Foremost among the endorsements are Teaneck Councilwoman Gervonn Romney Rice and Tenafly Council President Lauren Dayton, who are running for Assembly off-the-line with Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Englewood) in the 37th legislative district.
Vainieri Huttle is running against Assemblyman Gordon Johnson (D-Englewood) to succeed Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-Teaneck), who is not seeking re-election. Working families endorsed Vainieri Huttle in January.
The progressive group also backed former Montgomery Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, who is running for Assembly in the 16th district with organizational support.
They backed Mico Lucide, a former Green Party Assembly candidate, against Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti for Atlantic County Clerk. A third candidate, Calvin Ferrara, dropped out of the race and endorsed Jiampetti, who has the backing of Atlantic County Democrats, Friday.
Incumbent Clerk Ed McGettigan is not seeking re-election.
Collingswood Democratic Municipal Chairwoman Kate Delaney, who in 2019 took control of the local organization in progressives’ lone win in a bid to flip Democratic Committees in Camden County, for township commission.
They’re also backing Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese’s re-election and are supporting Joseph Perella’s bid for Cumberland County Commission.