Senate Majority Conference Leader Vin Gopal (D-Long Branch) and Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe joined together to raise money for the Middlesex Democratic ticket at an event that showcased the growing alliance between the two.
The virtual event, which attracted over 120 participants, paid tribute to Commissioner Shanti Narra, the first South Asian American to win countywide office in New Jersey.
“Middlesex County has continually pushed to be a leader in ensuring our residents are represented by public servants who reflect the communities they serve,” said McCabe.. “In light of the divisions that have emanated from Washington for the last four years, our county candidates are committed to building an equitable and fair county government for every single one of our residents.”
The event attracted leaders of the South Asian community, including Assembly Judiciary Committee Chair Raj Mukherji (D-Jersey City), Assemblyman Sterley Stanley (D-East Brunswick), Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Upendra Chivukula, Prospect Park Mayor Mohammad Khairullah, and Burlington County Commissioner Balvir Singh. Also participating: Bergen County Democratic vice chair Balpreet Grewal-Virk, Red Bank Councilman Hazim Yassin, Prospect Park Councilman Anand Shah, Cherry Hill Councilwoman Sangeetha Doshi, Assembly candidates Sadaf Jaffer and Anjali Mehrotra, and Winn Kuong of Action Together New Jersey.
“We can never stop in our relentless pursuit to build a better New Jersey for every community,” Gopal stated. “As elected officials, our voices are amplified with the ability and responsibility to take a stand for what we believe is right. Surrogate candidate Claribel Cortes, Commissioner Director Rios, and Commissioner Narra will continue to do that.”
Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin, House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr., Assemblywoman Joann Downey (D-Freehold), Assemblymen Eric Houghtaling (D-Neptune) and Joe Danielson (D-Franklin), Metuchen Mayor Jonathan Busch, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano, were also in attendance.
Pallone praised the Middlesex Democrats for recruitment candidates for traditionally unrepresented communities.
“Whether it is electing women to every single constitutional row office in the county, ensuring that the South Asian community is represented on the Board of Commissioners or guaranteeing that men and women of color serve at all levels of county government, the MCDO has demonstrated a commitment to diversity that is representative of our county and our state,” said Pallone.
The slate this year includes North Brunswick Councilwoman Claribel Cortes for Surrogate, Commissioner Ron Rios, and Narra.