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Newark City Council candidate Michael Silva. (Photo: Silva campaign).

Pintor Marin endorses Silva in Newark East Ward race

Key lawmaker takes sides in competitive Newark contest

By David Wildstein, March 14 2022 12:01 am

Michael J. Silva has scored a major endorsement in his bid for a Newark East Ward city council seat, picking up the support of Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark).

“Michael represents the best that the East Ward has to offer when it comes to civil servants,”  said Pintor Marin.

Pintor Marin is the most influential Portuguese American officeholder in the state in a ward with where more than 40% of the voters are of Portuguese descent.

“Michael spent nearly two decades as our Community Services detective and his experience helping members of our community gives him a leg up on the other candidates in this race,” the powerful lawmaker said.  “I know from firsthand experience that Michael will work tirelessly every day to ensure that the East Ward is finally given the respect it deserves,”

Silva, a retired 28-year veteran of the Newark police department, faces former Newark Police Director Anthony Campos, supermarket owner Jonathan Seabra, and Louis Weber, the executive secretary of Newark Police Alcoholic Beverage Control Unit.    Weber is running on Mayor Ras Baraka’s slate.

They are seeking the seat of veteran Ironbound Councilman Augusto Amador, who has held the post for the last 24 years.

In 2018, Campos forced Amador into a runoff.   Amador led in the May non-partisan municipal election by 269 votes, 43%-35%, with Seabra received 9% and 8% for Crystal Fonseca.  In the June runoff, Amador won by 83 votes, 51%-49%.

“I could not be more honored and humbled to have the support of  Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin.” Silva stated.  “Throughout her career, Eliana has remained a steadfast advocate for the East Ward community. With her support, I know we can work together to ensure that the East Ward is given its fair share.”

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