Former Gov. Dick Codey (D-Roseland) endorsed county-backed candidates for local office in Dover Tuesday.
“I’m happy to again endorse the Dover First candidates for re-election to the Board of Aldermen in the Town of Dover; this is the team of true Democrats that has delivered on a strong Democratic platform in a fiscally responsible manner,” he said.
Four seats on Dover’s nine-member Board of Alderman are up for election this year.
Alderwomen Jessica Cruz (1st Ward) and Judith Rugg (2nd Ward) and Alderman Adrian Ballesteros (3rd Ward) and Marcos Tapia Sr. (4th Ward) are seeking re-election.
They face challenges from candidates aligned with former Mayor James Dodd, who was ousted in a primary by then-Alderwoman Carolyn Blackman in 201.
Leslie Puente is running against Cruz in the 1st Ward, while Rugg is challenged by Sol Sostre, who ran on Dodd’s slate in 2019. Arturo Santana is mounting a challenge against Tapia. All three are running on the “The Real Democrats for Dover” slate, which did not field a candidate in the 3rd Ward.
“I strongly encourage the people of Dover to keep the progress moving in the right direction,” Codey said. “This is no time to look back towards those who belonged to the Ex-Dodd administration that endorsed Ex-Governor Chris Christie and supported Ex-President Donald Trump. Keep moving forward, Dover, and never look back.”