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Left to right: Ann Marie Finnen NJEA Member, Dina Mikulka, T.C McCourt, A.J. Oliver, Chip Robinson, Morris County Democratic Chari, Lori Schorno, President of the MCCEA, Anthony Abrantes, Organizing Director EASRCC, Tom Iveson Senior Council Representative EASRCC, Cyndie Williams EASRCC. (Photo: EASRCC).

Carpenters, teachers unions back Democrats for Morris commissioner

By David Wildstein, August 26 2021 2:50 pm

Morris County Democrats, who haven’t won a countywide election in 48 years, have snagged endorsements from the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters and the Morris County Council of Education Associations, the local arm of the New Jersey Education Association.

Dina Mikulka, T.C McCourt and A.J. Oliver are seeking to oust three incumbent county commissioners: Republicans Deborah Smith. Stephen Shaw and John Krickus.

“Solidarity between Organized Labor is pivotal to the success of growing the middle-class and enhancing the quality of life for working families,” said William C. Sproule, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Carpenters union. “Morris County has an opportunity to elect leaders who will fight for working class issues and the well-being of hardworking men and women. The Carpenters and Educators both know that the slate of McCourt, Oliver and Mikulka will represent the values for the union and working-class families in Morris County.”

The last Democrat to win in Morris County was Douglas Romaine, who was elected freeholder in the 1973 Watergate landslide.  Still, Morris has become more politically competitive in recent years – largely at the municipal level – and Joe Biden and Cory Booker both carried the county in 2020.

“It is important for labor unions to stay united in support of elected officials who value working families. Whether a private or public-sector employee it’s about safe working conditions, livable wages and the ability to have a voice in the workplace,” said NJEA President-elect Sean Spiller.  “Fundamentally, it is about respect for the employees, their families and support of the important work we do in our communities.”

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