STATE – Barbara Buono is expected to formally announce union leader Milly Silva as her lieutenant governor candidate on Monday as she bids to unseat Republican Gov. Chris Christie this November.
Silva is the executive vice president of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and recently appeared with Buono at an event in Newark.
It is believed that this would be only the third time in the nation’s history that two women ran on a gubernatorial ticket. According to research by PolitickerNJ.com, Democrats Dawn Clark Netsch and Penny Severns ran in Illinios in 1994 and lost by 29 points. In 1999, Kentucky Republicans “Peppy” Martin and Wanda Cornelius lost in a landside.
Republican Jane Dee Hull was elected governor of Arizona in 1998 and Republican Betsey Bayless was elected secretary of state; however, they didn’t run together as the two positions are elected separately.
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