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CWA backs challenger slate in Collingswood

By David Wildstein, May 07 2021 12:24 pm

The Communications Workers of America is taking sides in the race for Collingswood Borough Commissioner, backing three challengers in Tuesday’s non-partisan municipal election.

The CWA-backed slate – Kate Delaney, Bill Johnson and Jen Rossi – is challenging an establishment slate tied to the Camden County Democratic organization.

Mayor James Maley, who has been in office for 32 years, and Commissioner Robert Lewandowski are running with newcomer Morgan Robinson.  Lewandowski works for the Laborers’ International Union.

The Collingswood endorsement accompanied a broader list of CWA-backed candidates that had previously been released, like Gov. Phil Murphy, State Sen. Joseph Cryan (D-Union), and 37th district State Senate candidate Valerie Vainieri Huttle.

“CWA is proud to endorse this stellar group of pro-union candidates, ”said Fran Ehret, the newly-installed CWA NJ State Director, “After the year we’ve all been through, now more than ever, we need leaders at all levels – from our towns to legislative districts to the county level and all the way up to the Governor’s Office – who fight for the issues that matter to working families.”

Delaney was elected Democratic municipal chair in 2019 when her off the line slate of progressive challengers upset the county committee ticket backed by the Camden County Democratic organization.

The governing body in Collingswood is comprised of three members.

“CWA is ecstatic to stand behind and alongside these candidates,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District 1. “We know these men and women have our backs, and they’ll fight for New Jersey’s middle-class and working families.  The incumbents have been there for CWA members through the years as effective leaders. And we know the challengers will help uplift working people, too.”

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