Armstead Faces Primary Challenge

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LINDEN – Fourth Ward Councilman Derek Armstead will face a primary challenge in his re-election bid. The Democratic Party organization chose to endorse Monty Brooks, a school social worker, instead of the 15-year councilman.

Brooks said, “I’d like an opportunity to make a change in the Fourth Ward. I think it’s time for a change.”

Armstead sees the move as political backlash. He said that the committee’s decision is punishment for former Mayor John Gregorio’s loss two years ago and because of Armstead’s recent efforts to reduce unnecessary spending.

“Somehow the burden of his (Gregorio’s) loss was placed on my shoulders, and I was blamed,” the councilman said.

Sixth Ward Councilman Robert Sadowski, Eighth Ward Councilwoman Michelle Yamakaitis and Tenth Ward Councilman Richard Puschell are running unopposed in the primary with Democratic Party support.


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