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Sue Altman, state director of New Jersey Working Families

Sue Altman to lead New Jersey Working Families

Foe of South Jersey Dem organization to head progressive grassroots group

By David Wildstein, May 06 2019 3:41 pm

New Jersey Working Families has named Sue Altman, a staunch critic of Camden County Democrats, to serve as their new state director.

She will replace Analilia Mejia, who left earlier this year to become the national political director of Bernie Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“Sue has been a fierce and fearless advocate for good public schools in New Jersey,” said Marie Blistan, president of the New Jersey Education Association. “I’m confident that she will carry that same passion into her new role advocating for a more just and equitable economy in New Jersey, so that the students and families she has always fought for can look forward to a brighter future in our state.”

Saily Avelenda, the executive director of New Jersey 11th for Change, said that Altman’s appointment means that “New Jersey grassroots has one if its own leading one of the most effective progressive organizations in the state.”

“Sue will be a galvanizing force as the activists who drove 2018’s blue wave expand the scope of their work from Congress and the White House to our own swamp here in Trenton,” Avelenda said.

New Jersey SEIU 32BJ director Kevin Brown,  ATU New Jersey State Council chairman Ray Greaves, and Environment New Jersey director Doug O’Malley were among a group of state political insiders who praised Altman’s record.

“It’s time to rebuild New Jersey’s democracy from the bottom up. To win the change we want to see, we must open up state politics to new voices,” said Altman. “I look forward to continuing the mission of the Working Families Party here in the Garden State, and building a New Jersey that works for the many, not the powerful and privileged few. ”

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