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Phil Murphy campaigns in Irvington with Mayor Tony Vauss in 2017. (Photo: Tony Vauss).

Murphy endorses Irvington mayor for 3rd term

Tony Vauss faces challenge from ex-councilmen he helped oust two years ago

By David Wildstein, February 21 2022 2:00 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy and Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver are taking sides in the May 10 non-partisan race in Irvington, endorsing Mayor Tony Vauss and his slate of council candidates.

Vauss faces a challenge from former Councilman Paul Inman as he seeks re-election a third term.

“Mayor Vauss and Team Irvington Strong have stood with us during some of our most challenging times during the pandemic,” Murphy said.  “They have been fighters for the people of Irvington and inspired leaders dedicated to improving the lives of seniors, workers, and families.”

Incumbent Councilwomen Renee Burgess, Charnette Frederic, and Dr. October Hudley are also seeking re-election.    Burgess is the council president.

Murphy and Oliver won 95.3% of the vote in his bid for a second term last year.

“Last November, with the support of the voters from Irvington and all across the state, we made history.  Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver and I were honored to earn a second term in office thanks to everyone who volunteered their time, made calls, knocked on doors, and helped get out the vote,” said Murphy.  “We could not be more grateful to continue representing you over the next four years.

Inman narrowly lost his East Ward council seat in 2020 to Sean Evans, who had Vauss’ support.

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