Michael Silva, a retired policeman and one of the leading candidates for the open East Ward seat on the Newark City Council, today released a list of 50 endorsements from a variety of local community and political leaders.
“Michael represents the best that the East Ward has to offer,” one of the endorsers, youth advocate Zee Oliveira, said in a statement. “I have seen Michael work for nearly two decades in the East Ward as our community services detective. His tireless work when no one was looking really stood out to myself and other community leaders.”
Included on the list are two major names who had already announced their support for Silva: retiring East Ward Councilman Augusto Amador and Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark), the two most prominent Portuguese American politicians in the state. The East Ward has a large Portuguese population, and Silva and both of his main opponents claim Portuguese ancestry.
Those two opponents, Louis Weber and Anthony Campos, are also both retired policemen, with Campos being the former director of the Newark Police. Weber has the endorsement of Mayor Ras Baraka, who is widely expected to win re-election in a landslide, while Campos may have an edge in name recognition thanks to his 2018 run for the same seat, when he came within 83 votes of unseating Amador.
If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote in the first round of the nonpartisan May election, the top two finishers will go to a runoff.Silva 23 March 2022