Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo tonight endorsed Michael Silva for the East Ward seat on the Newark City Council in the June 14 runoff election.
“As a City Council member, Mike Silva will draw from his deep experience working closely with other East Ward community leaders while serving as a community service detective over the last 18 years,” DiVincenzo said. “Those collaborative skills are exactly what we need from our government leaders.”
Silva faces Anthony Campos, a former Newark Police Chief, in the runoff. Last month, Silva led Campos by a 36%-34% margin.
DiVincenzo, a five-term county executive, is hugely popular in the East Ward, winning 79% of the vote there when he ran for re-election four years ago.
“Michael is ready to work with me and every government leader who shares the same commitment to public service and well-being of East Ward families,” DiVincenzo said.
Earlier this week, Silva received the endorsement of Newark Mayor Ras Baraka His first choice, former police officer Louis Webber, watched his campaign fall apart following allegations of sexual assault and he finished fourth in the first round of voting.
Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-Newark), who comes from the East Ward, was an early supporter of Silva. So was City Councilman Augusto Amador, who is retiring this year; Campos had challenged Amador in four years ago and forced him into a runoff.
Senate Majority Leader Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Assemblywoman Shanique Speight (D-Newark), who represent the East Ward, have also added their support for Silva.
Silva praised DiVincenzo, saying he has “always brought together leaders from all levels of government to ensure working families in Essex County and here in Newark get the help they need.”
“I am honored by his support and look forward to working with him to improve the lives of residents in the East Ward and all of Newark,” he said.