Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones and the entire Essex legislative delegation today endorsed Newark Mayor Ras Baraka for re-election to a second term. It’s a strong demonstration of support for Baraka by the Essex Democratic organization — and a clear demonstration of Jones’ clout as a strong county chairman.
“Ras is a leader for all Newarkers” said Jones. “In a political climate that has been driven and defined by fear tactics and divisive attacks, I am proud to stand with Ras Baraka – someone who is committed to advancing and growing our communities.”
State Senators Richard Codey (D-West Orange), Teresa Ruiz (D-Newark) and Nia Gill (D-Montclair), Assemblywomen Cleopatra Tucker (D-Newark), Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-Newark), Shanique Speight (D-Newark) and Milsa Jasey (D-South Orange), and Assemblymen Ralph Caputo (D-Nutley), Thomas Giblin (D-Montclair) and John McKeon (D-West Orange) were all on the endorsement release.
“As a Newark resident, I have seen firsthand how Ras has fought to protect the rights of immigrants and their families in this city” said Ruiz, the Senate President Pro-Tempore. “He is a fearless leader who continues to be a bold advocate for our city in Trenton. I am proud to support the Mayor in his bid for re-election.”
Giblin, a former Essex County Democratic Chairman and a longtime labor leader, praised Braska for being “a proven friend for working families.
“He advocated for a higher minimum wage, family leave policies and fairness in the city’s collective bargaining agreement,” Giblin said.
Pintor-Marin, the chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, said that Baraka stand up to the injustices that plague our inner cities.”
“Newark deserves progressive leadership,” said Pintor-Marin. “Which is why I wholeheartedly endorse Ras in the race for Mayor in Newark.”