Trenton mayoral candidate Reed Gusciora has picked up endorsements from State Sen. Shirley Turner (D-Lawrence), and three candidates who ran for mayor in the May 8 election: Walker Worthy, Duncan Harrison and Annette Lartigue.
The Trentonian was the first to report the endorsements.
“Leadership begins with respect and experience. My gut is with Reed in this election runoff because his experience in public policy is unmatched,” Lartigue said in a statement released by the Gusciora campaign. “Any attempt to speak to Reed’s experience as an elected official should include his ability to bring in state money for our city. Reeds ability to be inclusive and build statewide coalitions is exactly what we need right now.”
Gusciora, an Assemblyman, faces businessman Paul Perez in the June 12 runoff election. Incumbent mayor Eric Jackson is not seeking re-election.
Lartigue says she is backing Gusciora because “principals rebuild Trenton.”
“I am a Democrat on sound ground. However, I’m not supporting Reed because I’m a Democrat. I am supporting Reed because he has the experience to get the job done,” said Lartigue. “Trenton deserves a qualified and experienced leader. Reed should be Trenton’s next Mayor.”
Update: A previous version of this story listed Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing) as a supporter of Gusciora, based on the Trentonian report. A spokesman for Watson Coleman said the Trentonian report was wrong. Watson Coleman issued the following statement:
“I have known Reed Gusciora for many years. I served with him in the General Assembly where we fought to provide education funding for our cities and to protect families against Governor Christie’s oppressive policies. While I certainly believe Reed would be a strong choice for Mayor in the city that I love, I am compelled to clarify that I gave my word in the beginning of this process that I would leave this decision to the voters of Trenton and would not be able to offer an endorsement to any candidate.”