The largest property services union in the country with 13,000 members in New Jersey, 32BJ SEIU, has announced its endorsement of City Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski for mayor.
The union also endorsed her entire council slate, including: Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Jodi Casais and Bayonne Police Athletic League Executive Director “KT” Kim Torello for City Council At-Large seats; small business owner Julie Sanchez Lynch for the First Ward City Council seat; real estate professional George Vinc for the Second Ward City Council seat; and Bayonne Board of Education President Maria Valado for the Third Ward City Council seat.
The endorsements came after virtual screening sessions, where members had the opportunity to address concerns regarding city policies and their effect on their livelihood and well-being. 32BJ SEIU Vice President and New Jersey State Director Kevin Brown made the announcement on behalf of the union’s members.
“Bayonne is currently experiencing important changes,” Brown said. “Good municipal leaders are paramount to the growth of a community. Their decisions have a direct impact on the lives of working families in the city. Our members have decided to endorse the Sharon Ashe Nadrowski team because they have a proven track record for working towards bettering the institutions they serve. We are looking forward to working together through the recovery and build a Bayonne for all.”
“32BJ works each and every day to fight for the working individuals and their communities,” said Ashe-Nadrowski. “Their endorsement means the world to me, and I am honored to have their support and voice in our campaign.”
The union’s endorsement comes with a commitment of significant resources to help the candidates win, including member volunteers and financial support, according to Brown.
Davis also gets endorsements
Meanwhile, Mayor James Davis has also received some endorsements. Hudson County Commissioner Kenneth Kopacz has endorsed Davis and his entire council slate ahead of the May 10 municipal election.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Jimmy Davis for many years and I have seen firsthand how hard he works for the people of Bayonne,” said Kopacz. “Our community is in a better place today because of the work Mayor Davis has done and he has my total support and confidence to continue to lead Bayonne forward over the next four years.”
“It’s an honor to have the support of Commissioner Kopacz, and I want to keep working with him to improve our city, delivering the quality of life that Bayonne residents deserve,” said Davis. “The partnership between city and county government has already brought great results to Bayonne like the improvements at Stephen Gregg Park and much more, and I’m excited to work together to keep delivering for Bayonne.”
The endorsement comes on the heels of an endorsement by The Bayonne Education Association (BEA), the local teachers’ union representing nearly 1,000 educational professionals in city schools. The union is backing Davis and his team, including First Ward City Councilman Neil Carroll, Second Ward City Council candidate Jacqueline Weimmer, Third Ward City Councilman Gary La Pelusa, City Councilman At-Large Juan Perez, and City Council At-Large candidate Loyad Booker.
“After meeting with both major candidates, reviewing their records and conducting interviews through our screening committee, we came to the conclusion that Mayor Davis and his team are the best choice to continue moving our city forward,” said BEA President Gene Woods. “Mayor Davis’ leadership has been critical to revitalization of Bayonne and our members will be working to ensure that he is re-elected on May 10th.”
“Bayonne teachers go above and beyond every day for our children and our community, so I’m incredibly proud to have the endorsement of the Bayonne Education Association,” said Davis. “I would like to thank Gene Woods, the members of the screening committee and every single member of the BEA and their families for their support.”
The Davis campaign said this adds significant momentum to the incumbent mayor’s campaign heading into the final weeks of the election. According to Davis, this is a “coveted endorsement,” which he said both he and Ashe-Nadrowski’s campaign actively pursued.
Closing in on final weeks of campaigns
Davis recently also announced the endorsement of the influential Hotel and Gaming Trades Council union. This comes after the endorsements of both The Hudson County Building Trades (HCBT) and Teamsters Joint Council 73 back in July of 2021, among other non-labor union endorsements as well.
“I am proud that our Union is endorsing Mayor Davis and his team today,” said Hotel and Gaming Trades Council President Rich Maroko. “Mayor Davis has been a steadfast advocate for working people in Bayonne and an ally to hotel workers in particular. I have great confidence in this team, and I look forward to the Mayor’s continued leadership in the years to come.”
Davis said he will be announcing additional supporters including labor organizations, community groups and elected officials over the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, as Davis has been rolling out endorsements, Ashe-Nadrowski has also been proposing solutions to problems in Bayonne each week as part of her “Solution Sunday” series. And the other mayoral candidate, lawyer and doctor Mitchell Brown, has just launched his campaign. Regardless, it appears the road to May 10 may get bumpier before Election Day.
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