NEWARK — City of Orange Township two-term Councilman Hassan Abdul-Rasheed joins Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca and Irvington Councilman David Lyons in endorsing Newark Councilman Ron C. Rice in the 10th District Congressional race.
“I believe that Ron exemplifies the true essence of a public servant to the constituents and stakeholders that he represents and with humility has displayed himself as a determined-fighter for those who cannot fight or represent themselves,” Abdul Rasheed said.
“Ron has honed his skills as an independent thinker and legislator. A person who meets multiple challenges head-on…His tenacity, unyielding determination, and ability to articulate his ideals and concerns, along with his ability to work collaboratively with others, will serve us well in congress. These attributes are a testament to his broad appeal and support.
“Ron is compassionate and empathetic as he understands and stays connected to the middle-class, our youth and our senior citizens, as well as the unemployed as he continues to fight for jobs,” the Orange councilman explained.
DeLuca’s backing rounds out the full support of his administration as he adds his endorsement to that of Deputy Mayor Kathleen Levinthal.
“I truly believe that I am the best candidate for the Tenth Congressional District and will bring fresh, progressive and prosperous ideas to Orange, Irvington, Maplewood and every other municipality in the district. I am excited that Mayor DeLuca, Councilman Abdul-Rasheed and Councilman Lyons share my vision,” 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.