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Assemblywoman Shanique Speight at Gov. Phil Murphy's fiscal year 2023 budget address delivered on March 8, 2022. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

Ruiz, Speight back Silva in Newark Council runoff

Pintor Marin endorsed Silva before the first round

By Joey Fox, June 01 2022 9:47 am

State Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Assemblywoman Shanique Speight (D-Newark) announced today that they are endorsing Mike Silva in the runoff election for the East Ward of the Newark City Council; their fellow 29th district legislator, Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), previously backed Silva in March.

“Mike Silva is a leader who has worked hard for his community his entire life – demanding the best for working families, seniors, Newark’s youth, and the homeless,” the three legislators said in a joint statement. “We urge all voters in the East Ward to cast their vote for Michael Silva. He represents the best of public service: selfless, tireless, and always ready to help those in need.”

Silva, a retired Newark police officer, came in first in the initial May 10 election but fell short of the 50% threshold required to avoid a runoff against Anthony Campos, who nearly won the East Ward seat in 2018. Mayor Ras Baraka’s chosen candidate, Louis Weber, came in last place after allegations of sexual assault surfaced.

In keeping with tradition in the historically Portuguese East Ward, Silva and all of his opponents are Portuguese American, as are Pintor Marin and retiring Councilman Augusto Amador, who is also backing Silva.

Ruiz and Speight, on the other hand, are from different parts of the city – Ruiz is from the largely Hispanic North Ward, and Speight is from the predominantly Black Central Ward – but their district still includes the entirety of the East Ward.

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