Below is the list of candidates HPAE is endorsing for Federal, State and Local races this year. These endorsements followed after an extensive review of each candidate’s positions and they were bestowed upon those who expressed or have shown a commitment to supporting the rights of healthcare workers and improving patient safety.
Joe Biden for US President
Kamala Harris for US Vice President
Cory Booker for U.S. Senate: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker believes healthcare workers deserve to have access to every tool possible to safeguard their own well-being while caring for patients on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donald Norcross for U.S. House of Representatives District One: We need to re-elect Rep. Donald Norcross so he can continue fighting for New Jersey’s working men and women. A former member of Local 251 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Norcross will make sure the concerns of our families are heard in Washington.
Amy Kennedy for U.S. House of Representatives District Two: With Amy Kennedy in the U.S. House of Representatives, South Jersey residents can count on the former public school teacher, mental health advocate and mother of five to be a strong advocate for our families, especially when it comes to health care.
Andy Kim for U.S. House of Representatives District Three: Rep. Andy Kim first chose to run for public office to beat back efforts to defeat the Affordable Healthcare Act and re-electing him will ensure New Jersey gets a strong advocate for our families to have access to quality, affordable health care.
Josh Gottheimer for U.S. House of Representatives District Five: We must re-elect Josh Gottheimer so he will continue his fight to protect the Affordable Healthcare Act and lower taxes for New Jersey families.
Frank Pallone, Jr. for U.S. House of Representatives District Six: We must re-elect Frank Pallone, Jr. so he can continue to advocate for New Jersey’s working men and women and families in Congress. Pallone will stand strong for Healthcare workers.
Tom Malinowski for U.S. House of Representatives District Seven: In these challenging times, we can count on Rep. Tom Malinowski to stand firmly on the side of families, workers and women and for him to fight for real progress in health care and the environment.
Albio Sires for U.S. House of Representatives District Eight: Albio Sires has long worn his working class roots in Congress fighting for lower taxes and to protect quality, affordable healthcare for New Jersey residents.
Bill Pascrell, Jr. for U.S. House of Representatives District Nine: Congressman Pascrell believes there is no reason that all of our citizens shouldn’t have access to first-rate and reasonably priced health care. We must re-elect so he can continue advocating for us all to have access to quality, affordable health care.
Donald Payne, Jr. for U.S. House of Representatives District Ten: Rep. Donald Payne Jr. is a strong believer in all New Jersey residents having access to quality, affordable health care, which is why he strongly supports the Affordable Care Act. We must re-elect him so he can continue his fight for New Jersey families to free preventative care, like cancer screenings.
Rebecca “Mikie” Sherrill for U.S. House of Representatives District Eleven: Rep. Mikie Sherrill is a strong advocate for healthcare workers to have the best information to protect themselves on the front lines of the war against COVID-19. We need to re-elect Sherrill so she can continue fighting for COVID-19 transparency legislations that will protect healthcare workers in their lifesaving work.
Bonnie Watson Coleman for U.S. House of Representatives Twelve: Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of the chief sponsors of the Heroes Act, a bill that called for the inclusion of an additional $15 an hour in hazard pay for frontline healthcare workers in the stimulus bill. We need a fighter like Coleman on our side in Congress.
State, County & Local Races
Michael Penna & Moira Nelson for Monmouth County Commissioner: Let’s elect Michael Penna and Moira Nelson as Monmouth County Commissioners so they could be voices for ordinary working people and fight to maintain our remarkable quality of life.
Marsha Escalliere (Local 5094) for Board of Education, Orange: Families in the Orange Township Public Schools will not see a stronger advocate on the Board of Education for their children than Marsha Escalliere. Most recently a frontline mental health crisis first responder in Essex County, we can count on Marsha to put the education and well-being of our children uppermost in the board’s deliberations.
Charles Hassler for Salem County Commissioner: With our help, his fellow union members, Charles Hassler will continue to exert on the Board of Freeholders his sense of fairness as a commissioner for all Salem County residents. Let’s give him that boost this election season.
Kerry Butch (Local 5094) & Felecia Simmons for Asbury Park Council: Felicia Simmons and Kerry Margaret Butch, longtime Asbury Park community activists, need our votes to continue the work they have long done in the community on the Asbury Park Council. They will give all residents a voice on the council if we elect them.
Monica Townsend (Local 5094) for Middlesex Borough Council: Monica Townsend will be a fierce advocate for our families on the Middlesex Borough Council. As a member of our union and a counselor with Rutgers’ University Behavioral Health Care, Townsend has fought to keep families together through tough times. Let’s vote her onto the Middlesex Borough Council so she can continue that important.
Rupande Mehta for NJ State Senate District 25: Rupande Mehta is running for State Senate to be a voice for all of Legislative District 25 and bring new leadership to the district and fight for fair representation for us all.
HPAE’s endorsements ensure that the member nurses and health care workers who are registered to vote in New Jersey will be informed before they vote on November 3rd in the general election.
For more information: Bridget Devane, (732) 996-5493