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Darlene Brown. (Photo: Irvington Democratic County Committee).

Brown replaces Burgess on Irvington council

By David Wildstein, September 15 2022 8:04 pm

Darlene Brown is now an Irvington councilwoman after local officials endorsed her as the successor to State Sen.-elect Renee Burgess.

Councilwoman Jamillah Beasley has replaced Burgess as council president.

Burgess won a special election convention last week to replace Ronald Rice (D-Newark), who resigned for health reasons after representing the 28th district in the New Jersey Senate since 1986.

Brown had served as Irvington Housing Authority chair.  She is a Democratic county committeewoman in the South Ward and a former Campfield Block Association president.

An ally of Mayor Tony Vauss, Brown had the backing of the entire council.

In a joint statement, Irvington Democratic Municipal Chair Baseemah Beasley, County Commissioner Romaine Graham, and the six council members said they “are confident that her previous personal and professional successes, as well as her strong collaboration skills, make her an ideal candidate for the position of councilmember-at-large.”

Brown will need to run in May 2023 special election to fill Burgess’ unexpired term, unless the council chooses to push that contest off to November.

Burgess will be sworn in to the Senate on September 29.

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