ROSELLE – Mayor Jamel Holley, the Roselle Democratic Committee and the majority of the Borough Council, which includes Council Members Christine Dansereau, Roy Locke, Randy Sandifer and Kim Shaw, have endorsed Newark West Ward Councilman Ron C. Rice’s congressional bid leading up to the June 5 Democratic primary.
“Ron is an exceptionally astute policy maker and dedicated legislator,” Holley said. “He is a smart, independent thinker who governs by the courage of his convictions. He has a proven track record of success, coupled with a solid, concrete plan to propel the 10th Congressional District forward.”
Marquis Lobban, chairman of the Roselle Democratic Committee concurs with the mayor. “Ron has a bold vision for the district and the party. We need to get behind those candidates who are going to propel us to greater heights as a party and as a community,” Lobban said.
Rice counts the imprimatur of the Roselle Democratic Committee and the mayor as significant endorsements. “It validates what we’re doing and how we’re running this campaign. This race is about fighting Republican extremism, as well as overcoming complacency from both parties in Washington and at home. We are truly progressive and local elected officials and grassroots operatives are supporting us. That is how and why we will win the Tenth,” Rice said.
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.