1435 Morris Avenue - Suite 3A, Union, NJ 07083
Tim Haresign, President
Council Endorses Candidates for
November 2018 Elections
Urges Active Support for Key Candidates
These mid-term elections are perhaps the most critical in our nation’s history as they will determine whether the notorious Trump administration will have two more years to solidify its anti-higher education, anti-labor, anti-public employee, pro-corporate agenda. Whatever issues that concern you—support for public education, the fight for $15 per hour, universal affordable health care, student debt relief, women’s and civil rights, the Supreme Court etc. the choice could not be clearer.
New Jersey is a critical arena in this struggle because there are four Congressional districts where pro-labor Democrats are in a strong position to win Republican-controlled seats: Jeff Van Drew in District 2, Andy Kim in District 3, Tom Malinowski in District 7 and Mikie Sherrill in District 11.
Imagine the difference it would make on the national scene if New Jersey voters alone were responsible for flipping four Republican seats!
In District 5, one term Democratic incumbent Josh Gottheimer needs all the support he can get to retain his seat in a district that has leaned Republican in the past.
Furthermore, New Jersey has been blessed with incumbent Democratic Congresspersons including Don Norcross (District 1), Josh Gottheimer (District 5), Frank Pallone (District 6), Albio Sires (District 8), William Pascrell (District 9), Donald Payne (District 10), and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (District 12), with stellar voting records on legislation tracked by the AFT and the AFL- CIO. They have also earned your vote.
Some may question our endorsement of Senator Menendez. Notwithstanding the corruption issues surrounding him, Bob Menendez has a solid record of supporting the legislative agenda of the American Federation of Teachers and National AFL-CIO. Unlike his Republican challenger, he can be counted on to defend Social Security and Medicare, support labor’s right to organize and bargain collectively and advocate for a tax system in which the wealthy and corporate elites pay their fair share. His progressive record on these and other issues extends back to his years in Congress and the New Jersey Legislature.
Risking the loss of a Democratic seat in the US Senate to a pro-Trump Republican is simply not an option. If you have any doubts, consider Menendez’s support for Obama’s Supreme Court nominations and his opposition to Trump’s.
As you can see, there are also some special legislative elections and many local races where you can make a difference.
Please know that all these candidates have been vetted and endorsed by the NJ AFL-CIO as well as AFT NJ State Federation and your Council of New Jersey State College Locals.
United States Senate
Donald Norcross (D) challenger
Tom Malinowski (D) challenger
Jeff Van Drew (D) challenger
Albio Sires (D) incumbent
Andy Kim (D) challenger
William Pascrell (D) incumbent
Donald Payne (D) incumbent
Joshua Gottheimer (D) challenger
Rebecca “Mikie” Sherrill l (D) challenger
Frank Pallone (D) incumbent
Bonnie Watson Coleman (D) incumbent
Special Elections for State Legislature
Senate -District 38
Joe Lagana (D)
Verlina Reynolds Jackson (D)*
Anthony Verrilli (D)*+
Britnee Timberlake (D)*
Linda Carter (D)*
Clinton Calabrese (D)
Pedro Mejia (D)*
Lisa Swain (D)*
Chris Tully (D)
New Jersey State AFL-CIO
* indicates incumbent
Alice Weisman* AFSCME 63 East Windsor Board of Education Vince Sera* AFSCME 71 Brigantine Council Richard DiLucia AFSCME 1199C Monroe Mayor Michael Heller AFT 1904 Bloomfield Board of Education Domenick Stampone* AFT 2375 Haledon Mayor Patti Harris* CWA 1014 Barrington Council Collette Kennedy CWA 1031 Keyport Mayor Jason Allen* CWA 1033 Pemberton Committee Victoria Fisher* CWA 1037 Teaneck Board of Education Shawn Ludwig CWA 1038 Barrington Council Teresa Kelly* CWA 1040 Buena Vista Committee Harold Pye* CWA 1085 Woodbury Heights Council Frank Rollo HFIAW 14 Clayton Council Brendan O'Donnell* IAFF 3786 North Hanover Committee Ira Stern* IAMAW 447 Piscataway Board of Education Ronald Rios* IAMAW TCU Middlesex County Freeholder Peter Castellano* IAMAW/NFFE 1340 Egg Harbor Township Board of Education Nathan Mellor IBB 13 Delanco Committee Matt Oswald* IBEW 102 Riverdale Council Vincenzo Petti* IBEW 102 Bound Brook Council John Biale* IBEW 164 Oakland Council Bert Steinmann* IBEW 269 Ewing Mayor Giuseppe Chila IBEW 351 Gloucester County Surrogate Donald Norcross* IBEW 351 Congressional District 1 Congress William Sneathen IBEW 351 Buena Vista Board of Education Kevin Egan* IBEW 456 New Brunswick City Council Charles Spicuzzo IBEW 456 Spotswood Council Ken Haeser* IBEW 827 Weymouth Township Council Mike Riordan IBEW 827 Brigantine Council Shawn Judson IBEW 1289 Lacey Committee Sam Fennell IBEW 1820 South Toms River Council Josh Hertzberg ILA 1804-1 Sussex County Freeholder Atif Nazir* IUOE 68 Piscataway Board of Education Mark Armbruster IUOE 542 Clementon Council Katie Gibbs IUOE 825 Burlington County Freeholder David Schlick* IUPAT 711 Little Egg Harbor Township Committee Amber Gesslein LIUNA /Eastern Region Monmouth County Freeholder Frank Formica SAG/AFTRA Atlantic County Freeholder Daniel O'Connell SMART/UTU Delran Council Greg Handshy UA 9 South Toms River Mayor Richard Kanka* UA 9 Hamilton Board of Education David Hessler UA 24 Clark Council Roshan White UA 24 Scotch Plains Council Art Schenker* UA 322 Hamilton Committee Greg Schenker* UA 322 Folsom Council George Youngkin UA 855 Burlington County Freeholder Angela Bardoe UAW 2327 Pittsgrove Committee Anthony Verrelli* UBC 254 LD 15 Assembly Eric Aiken* UBC 255 Hamilton Township Board of Education Aaron Buchanan* UBC 255 Estell Manor Council Thomas Kurtz UBC 255 Port Republic Council Matthew Marrone UBC 255 Chesilhurst Council Brett Rowand UBC 255 Woodstown Committee Steven Reyngoudt UFCW 2-D Hasbrouck Heights Council Robert Damminger* USW 943 Gloucester County Freeholder
Other Friends of Higher Education and Labor
Manny Figueirdo* Union Township Committee
Michelle Delsifort* Union Township Committee
Andrew Dixon - (a National AFT organizer, a member of our Rowan & TCNJ AFT locals- PA House of Representatives 29th District
ELECTION DAY IS NOVEMBER 6. PLEASE VOTE!!
The stakes have never been higher.