Crystal Feliciano, candidate for Trenton City Council, got a boost this week with the endorsement of Ed Forchion, the venerable cannabis and free speech advocate best known as NJWeedman.
Ms. Feliciano is running for an at-large seat on Trenton City Council. Previously a springtime affair, Trenton’s general election will take place on November 8th this year.
“Crystal believes in the cannabis movement and realizes the economic benefits the industry can bring to the Capital City,” Mr. Forchion said. “She will be an effective bridge between the citizens and the administration, regardless of who leads it.”
Mr. Forchion, who’s done more to end cannabis prohibition than anyone in New Jersey’s history, praised Ms. Feliciano, who teaches finance at Trenton Central High School.
“I believe that Crystal will advocate for our youth, who are the most precious asset in Trenton,” Mr Forchion added. “She will work to ensure that collaborative efforts are formed to help provide resources to aid in their civic growth and community development as responsible young men and women,”
It’s not Mr. Forchion’s first foray into Trenton municipal politics, where races are often decided by a few hundred votes. Forchion’s endorsement in 2018 helped Reed Gusciora squeak out a narrow runoff victory to become Mayor of Trenton.
“Reed won by 329 votes. I believe my endorsement got him at least 420 votes,” Mr. Forchion quipped to InsiderNJ.
“Many thanks to NJ Weedman for his endorsement of my candidacy for City Council At-Large,” said Ms. Feliciano. “As attitudes towards cannabis change, we must better educate ourselves on the cannabis industry and the social and economic benefits it can bring to the Capital City.”
Ms. Feliciano will compete for one of two (possibly three) open at-large council seats this November. Jerell Blakeley recently left office and Santiago Rodriguez has declined a reelection tilt. A third at-large vacancy happens if Kathy McBride leaves her council seat to run for mayor, a strong likelihood at this point.