Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Mark Alexander is challenging state Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) in 34th District Democratic Primary on June 4.
Wednesday, May 1
The following letter was written by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current Democratic candidate for the New Jersey state Senate in the 34th District. This was Sen. Nia Gill’s (D-Essex) excuse to explain her support for the watered-down gun control legislation introduced by Sen. Steve Sweeney (D-Glouchester): We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good. It is baffling to me that Gill could even utter those words in front of the families of Newtown victims. That’s Gill’s excuse for not pushing forward a bill limiting the size of ammunition magazines the other day. All elected officials must stand by a simple pledge: when it comes to protecting our children, we must put …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Incumbent Gill will face challenger Mark Alexander in the upcoming 34th District Democratic primary in June.
Tuesday, April 23
The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey announced it will endorse state Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) in the upcoming 34th District Democratic primary in June. Lisa Chapland, chairwoman of the WPCNJ Democratic Task Force, said, "Senator Gill is an outstanding leader for the people of New Jersey, dedicating her career to public service and advancing issues important to women, children and families. She is well-known as a leading champion of civil rights, supporter of our public schools and pro-choice advocate. "Women's issues range from fair pay, to access to contraception and health care, and continue to be crucial issues not just for women, but for the families of New Jersey," continued Chapland. "Today, women make up a mere 29% of the New…
Monday, April 22, 2013
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Monday, April 22
The following press release was submitted by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current Democratic candidate for the New Jersey state Senate in the 34th District. Clifton Councilman Matt Ward is calling on Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) to debate challenger Mark Alexander in Clifton prior to the June 4 Democratic Primary for the 34th District's state Senate seat. As the largest community in the 34 District, and one of the biggest cities in New Jersey, Clifton deserves an opportunity to meet the candidates running to represent them in the New Jersey State Senate and hear where they stand on the important issues being debated in Trenton, said Ward. “Those running for the State Legislature …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Incumbent Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) will face off against challenger Mark Alexander in the 34th District Democratic Primary on June 4.
Fundraising totals are in for the two candidates seeking the Democratic Party nod in June’s 34th District state Senate primary. Incumbent Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) has raised $135,542 since the start of 2013, and has $149,550 on hand. Challenger Mark Alexander is reporting he has raised $69,165 since the start of the year, for a total of $105,847 on hand. In one of the most hotly contested Senate races in the state, Alexander looks to unseat Gill, who has served in the Senate since 2002 and in the Assembly for four terms. The two will face off in the Democratic Primary on June 4. The official fundraising totals will be released by the state Election Law Enforcement Commission on April 22. The 34th District includes Montclair, Clifton, …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Incumbent state Sen. Nia Gill for the 34th District will face challenger Mark Alexander in 34th District Democratic Primary on June 4.
Thursday, April 11
State Sen. Nia Gill (D-Essex) was endorsed this week by the Essex County chapter of Democracy for America, a leading national grassroots organization dedicated to advancing progressive candidates and causes. “Essex County DFA is proud to endorse State Senator Nia Gill," said Katherine Joyce, a leader of the Essex County chapter of Democracy for America in a press release. "Through the ten years of our group's history, we have had numerous occasions to work with her office on issues of great concern, beginning with the effort to reform New Jersey’s voting laws that help ensure every person’s vote is properly counted — a cause she has championed. "Senator Gill is a proven leader and strong advocate for progressive causes in the State …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Mark Alexander, challenging Nia Gill (34-Essex) for her state Senate seat, calls on her join him in a series of debates across Clifton, East Orange, Montclair and Orange.
Monday, April 8
The following letter was written by Mark Alexander, of Montclair. He is a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama and current candidate for the New Jersey State Senate in the 34th District. I always believed in the power of normal people to make positive change through the political process. I know that our government can be a powerful force to help the most vulnerable among us, to lift up our children with quality educations, and to provide an engine that can create jobs and drive our economy. When I launched my campaign last July, I wanted to empower people, just as we did when I helped build the Obama campaign. From the ground up, one person at a time, one door at a time, one vote at a time. My campaign is about the working …
Friday, March 1, 2013
State Sen. Nia H. Gill (D-Essex) sponsor's legislation to establish statewide early voting that would give residents the ability to vote in person prior to Election Day.
Friday, March 1
State Sen. Nia H. Gill (D-Essex) is a Montclair resident representing the 34th District. She chairs the Senate Commerce Committee and serves as Senate President Pro Tempore. In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama stood before the country and called for voting reform. In doing so, the president spoke of the problems that plagued the nation’s voting system on Election Day 2012, including lines that snaked around the block at polling places in states like Florida, where a 102-year-old woman was told she would have to wait six hours before casting her vote. The truth is, there are few rights that are more important than a citizen’s participation in democracy. We witness this right in nations throughout the world where …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Democrat Nia Gill will seek another four-year Senate term representing the 34th District, but she will have to first win the June primary against another Montclarion.
An inveterate state senator and Montclair resident will defend her seat in the upcoming Democratic primary in June. Senator Nia Gill (34-Montclair) will be seeking the Democratic endorsement again for her fourth term in the New Jersey Senate. After more than a decade in the Senate and four terms in the Assembly, Gill is running again because she said her job there is not yet done. “There are issues to be advanced,” said Gill. “I have been an excellent advocate for our district ... and [I want] to continue the legislative initiatives that reflect the issues in the district.” While attending community meetings in the district, which includes Clifton, East Orange, Montclair and Orange, Gill said the most important issues on voters’ …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Son of former officer-holder handily defeats crowded field
[Editor's note: This story originally published at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday. It has since been updated.] A second generation of the Payne family has taken a huge step towards becoming the representative from New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District. Donald Payne Jr., son of the late Rep. Donald Payne, has won the nomination to run as the Democratic Party candidate in November’s general election, earning 35,011 votes, according to preliminary results compiled by election officials in Essex, Hudson and Union counties for today’s primary. Payne’s commanding victory was evident even with just a small percentage of districts reporting. Shortly before his win became official he addressed supporters at his cramped Bergen Street campaign headquarters …