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Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe)

Carpenters, teachers unions endorse Soriano in Parsippany

Democratic mayor faces rematch against Republican he ousted four years ago

By David Wildstein, September 24 2021 9:09 am

Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano has won the endorsements of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Education Association and the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters in his bid for a second term.

“Working-class families in Parsippany have an opportunity to elect a team who will stand up for the issues that truly affect them,” said William C. Sproule, executive secretary-treasurer of the union. “This joint endorsement between the EAS Carpenters and the PTHEA is an effort for these families to have a stronger voice on Election Day. Solidarity means looking out for each other, and the carpenters and teachers in Parsippany understand that Mayor Soriano and his team will be advocates for the issues they care about.”

Soriano faces a rematch from James Barbiero, the two-term GOP mayor he unseated in 2017.

“Mayor Soriano has been a friend of education.  He has made working with students, parents and educators, a priority as Mayor,” said Joseph Kyle, the president of the NJEA-affiliated local teacher’s union. “Education works best when all groups are partnered, working towards the same goals to educate our students.

With the PTHEA endorsement comes support from the New Jersey Education Association.

“I’m proud of our local association for taking a stand in this very important election, and we are pleased to do so with the EAS Carpenters Union,” said NJEA President Sean M. Spiller. “Issues such as safe working conditions, livable wages, and collective action are fundamental values that we believe in as unions, as well as more broadly as citizens in this state.”

The endorsements from the two politically savvy unions are expected to come with money and boots on the ground for Soriano’s re-election.

Two Democratic township council candidates running with Soriano – Cori Herbig and Judy Hernandez – were also endorsed by the labor coalition. They are seeking the seats of two Democratic councilwomen who are not seeking re-election.

“We are also parents, neighbors, and taxpayers with an interest in ensuring our communities are affordable, and our schools are the very best,” said Spiller.  “That is why this election is so important; supporting those who share these beliefs is paramount.”

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