Former Roselle Mayor Reginald Atkins will be running on the same ticket with Senator Joe Cryan and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano to represent New Jersey’s 20th legislative district in the Legislature. All three candidates are anticipated to be endorsed by the Union County Democratic Committee for June 8th’s Primary and will be on the same slate as Governor Murphy.
Reverend Reginald Atkins is the Sr. Pastor and Founder of the Zion Family Worship Center Church and has served on the Roselle School Board, as Councilman At-Large and, most recently, as the Borough’s mayor.
As an elected official, Reverend Atkins worked to promote the Roselle Business District and local corporations and businesses, fought for an increase in police and fire personnel to service the Borough and prioritized fiscal accountability in local government to ensure Roselle residents had the proper oversight on borough finances.
Reverend Atkins has also been a community leader, dedicating his time and energies towards volunteer work while helping to organize events that provided backpacks filled with supplies for students, free groceries for seniors and other residents and critically important COVID-19 testing for Roselle residents.
Reverend Atkins was also dubbed “Reverend Hero” after chasing down and tackling a man who was attempting to steal property. The Reverend later acknowledged the potential danger of the situation to a reporter before saying, “I would do it again in a heartbeat”.
“There is nothing more important than family and community and I believe it is imperative to work in the service of others,” said Reverend Atkins. “Public service and volunteer work is not about accolades, it is about working towards the betterment of your community and making sure no one is ever left behind. I am proud to have the opportunity to work with Senator Cryan and Assemblywoman Quijano because they have been fighting hard every day for Roselle and the 20th district, and their sacrifice and dedication for our families no matter the challenge is consistent with what I consider to be my mandate.”