HPAE and other labor unions were strong supporters of Ras Baraka's campaign for Newark Mayor. Baraka supported our key issues of adequate funding for community health services and workers' rights. In the May 13 election, Baraka emerged victorious, defeating his opponent, Shavar Jeffries. (Photo at left: Jean Pierce with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka at the Inaugural Ball at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark.)
Baraka's celebration of his inauguration on July 1 didn't end with his address at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the afternoon. Baraka held an inaugural ball that night for hundreds of his supporters, including HPAE Local 5089 President Elmer Daniel, HPAE Public Policy Director Jeanne Otersen, HPAE Public Policy staff member Jean Pierce, and HPAE Vice President Bernie Gerard.
Jeanne with Congressman Albio Sires:
Bernie with Newark Councilwoman Mildred Crump:
Jean, Elmer, and Bernie at the festivities: