Rahway Meet & Greet

Renee Bridges Thrash

RAHWAY—Democratic mayoral candidate Renee Bridges Thrash will host the first of a series of a ‘meet & greet’ events from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday April 24 at the American Legion James E. Mackie Post #499, located at 59 West Main Street.

Thrash is the ‘Democrats for Change’ candidate competing for the Democratic nomination against Freeholder Richard Proctor, who is also the city’s health official and is running on the Regular Political Organization of Union County line.


Thrash’s running mates are three registered nurses who live in Rahway and believe they are best suited to healing the city.

Thrash, who retired from a position with the police department inside City Hall, served as a chair of the Rahway Housing Authority and member of the Union County Advisory Commission on the Status of Women, as well as Coordinator of the Rahway Municipal Alliance and administrator for the Rahway Special Improvement District.

Joining her as candidates for City Council are Dr. Yvonne Wesley, director of the New York University Institute for Nursing Leadership; Grace Jacquet, a public school nurse and community activist; and author Lynn Parker.

Wesley earned her PhD in Nursing from New York University, where she is director of the Leadership Institute for Nursing as well as serving as a member of the Kean University faculty and Board of Directors at UMDNJ – University Hospital.

Jacquet, the vice president for Newark Public School Nurses Association, is a graduate student in Kean University’s Nursing Program.

Parker, who wrote the book “What Did the Doctor Just Say?” earned her Masters Degree in Nursing from NYU and she is past chair of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses.

Running with Proctor on the Regular Political Organization of Union County line are Councilwoman Nancy Saliga and Councilman Sal Mione, who have each been on the governing body for 20 years, and Councilman James Baker, who doubles as a county employee.

The original version of this article identified the American Legion James E. Mackie Post #499, located at 59 West Main Street as the “VFW Mackie Post 499.” The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars are both patriotic organizations that represent former American military service personnel, but each group has its own identity and character. We regret the error.

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