Newark Mayor Ras Baraka has endorsed Wilda Diaz for re-election to a fourth term as the mayor of Perth Amboy.
“As the first female Mayor of Perth Amboy, the first Latina Mayor of the State of New Jersey and first Latina President of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, Mayor Wilda Diaz has been a steady leader on policy and progress for our State,” Baraka said in a statement on Wednesday morning. “As a lifelong resident of Perth Amboy, she has a proven track record of service, has overcome many challenges and has worked tirelessly to improve her community.”
Diaz faces Helmin Caba, a city councilman and the city’s Democratic municipal chairman, in a December 15 runoff election.
“As we begin our transition to recovery from the pandemic, Perth Amboy needs proven leadership such as hers to get them through this crisis,” Baraka said. “She has already gotten her City through Superstorm Sandy in which she fought for funds to transform Perth Amboy’s waterfront to a state-of-the-art waterfront and also reduced the City of Perth Amboy’s overall debt by over $50 million that saved her community from near bankruptcy.”
In the November 7 election, Diaz led Caba by 421 votes, 33%-30%, with attorney Joseph B. Vas running third with 24%. Two other candidates, city councilmen Joel Pabon, Sr. and Fernando Irizarry, shared the remaining 12%.
Pabon endorsed Diaz this week.
“I can affirm that Mayor Diaz leads by heart and her community’s best interests and not by politics, she fights for her community and is a true trailblazer that all of her residents and women around the State should look up to and be proud of,” Baraka said.