The SEIU New Jersey State Council, representing 40,000 service workers in the private and public sectors around the state, today announced its endorsement of Ronald C. Rice in the 10th Congressional District.
“In his roles as a public official and community leader, Ron Rice has clearly demonstrated that he understands the issues of working men and women and is willing to tackle them,” said Rahaman Muhammad, Council President and President of Newark-based SEIU Local 617. “Ron will bring his vision, leadership and progressive ideas to Congress and ensure the voices of our working families are heard all the way to Washington, D.C.”
“Ron Rice, a former union member, will fight for our home care workers and all working families facing challenges here in New Jersey and across the nation,” said Milly Silva, Council Vice President and Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, New Jersey Region.
“We know that Ron Rice will work to ensure the economy works for everyone including the 99 percent, and that wealthy corporations pay their fair share,” said Kevin Brown, Council Secretary/Treasurer and the New Jersey State Director for Local 32BJ.
Running in a Democratic Primary against state Sen. Nia Gill (D-34), Newark Council President Donald Payne, Jr., Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith and others, Rice earlier this week won the backing of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
The SEIU New Jersey State Council also endorsed Shelley Adler in the 3rd Congressional District race.