SEIU New Jersey State Council backs Baraka in Newark mayor's race

By Mark Bonamo | March 21st, 2014

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, endorsed Newark mayoral candidate Ras Baraka on Thursday. 

"Ras Baraka’s record on key issues affecting our working families in Newark clearly demonstrates that as mayor he will continue to provide the type of leadership that is needed more than ever, and the SEIU New Jersey State Council proudly endorses him,” said Milly Silva, Council President, and Executive Vice President of 1199 SEIU.  

“We proudly support Ras Baraka for mayor because he backs his words with actions when it comes to the quality of life and economic issues that Newark’s residents and our workers are facing daily,” said Wilfredo Larancuent, Council Trustee, and Co-Manager of the Laundry, Distribution and Food Service Joint Board, Workers United.

“As a councilman, Ras Baraka showed us that he knows the course that Newark needs to follow for a better future for all who live and work in this great city, and we look forward to continuing to work with him as the next mayor,” said Kevin Brown, New Jersey State Director for SEIU 32BJ.

“The SEIU is part of an inclusive, broad-based movement dedicated to progressive principals and human rights,” said Baraka, Newark's South Ward councilman, who has received a slew of labor union endorsements in his campaign to defeat his main rival in the mayoral campaign, former state Assistant Attoney General Shavar Jeffries. “SEIU has made a big difference in the lives of working families extending far beyond the union’s membership.  I’m honored that SEIU is behind me.”

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