In Irvington, Smith burnishes backing of Crump, Johnson in mayor's contest

By Max Pizarro | April 14th, 2014


Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith received the endorsements of several unions and politicians in his bid for reelection on May 13th, including Newark Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, Essex County Freeholder Rufus Johnson and Maplewood Mayor Victor DeLuca. 

President of the New Jersey Conference of Mayors and the former President and Chairman of the New Jersey Urban Mayors Association, Smith has also received endorsements from the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, the Communication Workers of America (including its locals 1037 and 1039), RWDSU local 108, and New Jersey Citizen Action. 

“I am both humbled and invigorated by the tremendous support that I received from... the CWA, locals 1037 and 1039, RWDSU local 108, NJ Citizen Action, NJ Working Families Alliance and my good friends and colleagues, Council President Crump, Freeholder Johnson and Mayor DeLuca," Smith said. "Today’s endorsement may appear to signal support for me, but in reality they signal support for the citizens of Irvington who want to keep moving forward.  My administrations has taken bold initiatives in attracting record levels of investment to the town and have garnered national attention by standing up to Wall Street for the benefit of Main Street.”

Eight people are running for mayor in Irvington, including Smith, School Board President Tony Vauss, and former Council President John Sowell.

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