Union County Democratic leaders, including State Sen./Democratic County Chairman Nicholas Scutari and State Sen. Joseph Cryan, have endorsed Nancy Mondella for mayor of Hillside.
Mondella, a councilwoman, is challenging incumbent Dahlia Vertreese in the November non-partisan municipal election. The local Demcoratic Party is backing Mondella, a former school board member.
“Nancy is a compassionate and dedicated leader who will help bring officials together to move Hillside forward,” Scutari said. “As a registered nurse, Nancy consistently puts the health and safety of others ahead of everything else. This care for others coupled with the fact she has been successfully elected town-wide will guide her well, and we look forward to supporting her and her team.”
Along with Cryan, Mondella has picked up the backing of Assembly Majority Conference Leader Annette Quijano (D-Elizabeth) and Rev. Reginald Atkins, the Democratic candidate for State Assembly in the 20th district.
“Nancy and her team’s 5-point plan for Hillside is in line with our legislative goals – ease the tax burden on residents, raise the quality of life in Hillside, increase governmental transparency, enhance recreation programs, and help seniors afford to retire in their homes with dignity,” the three Democrats said in a joint statement. “She is an experienced public servant and enjoys wide support within Hillside. She’ll be a terrific mayor.”
Also on the list of Mondella backers is Union County Commissioner Angela Garretson, a former Hillside mayor, along Sheriff Peter Corvelli and the other eight county commissioners.
“I grew up in Hillside and served as a police officer in town,” said Corvelli. “I’m honored to support Nancy, because I know she’ll put public safety front and center and she’ll work tirelessly to prioritize the needs of residents and local businesses.”
Vertreese, a former school board president, was elected in 2017 after Garretson gave up her seat to run for county office. She defeated Councilman Jorge Batista in a runoff election.
The Democratic leaders are also supporting George Cook, Renee Howard, and Armando Guerra for seats on the township council.