NEWARK — The Communications Workers of America, representing more than 70,000 working families in New Jersey, announced Monday their endorsement of Ron Rice for Congress (NJ-10), citing his record of fighting for working families and his commitment to progressive, Democratic values.
“Our members heard directly from all the candidates, and Ron clearly stood out. He has been a dedicated leader in our community who has taken tough stands for working people and has stayed true to progressive values,” said Hetty Rosenstein, CWA’s New Jersey State Director. “In Congress we know that Ron Rice will continue to fight every day for New Jersey and stand up to the corporate special interests who have too much power in Washington.”
Rice is one of four major candidates vying for the nomination in June’s Democratic primary to run for the Congressional seat that had been held by the late Rep. Donald Payne. The other candidates include Payne’s son, Newark Council President and Essex County Freeholder Donald Payne Jr., State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Montclair) and Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith.
In Union County, the 10th Congressional District includes Hillside, Linden, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, and part of Union Township. It also includes part of Hudson County and a large portion of Essex County. The district is predominantly Democratic, so a victory in June almost guarantees a win in the November general election.