Jones, Murphy and DiVincenzo Throw in with Burgess

New Jersey and Essex County Democratic Chairman LeRoy Jones, Jr. and Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. today announced their endorsement of Irvington Council President Renee C. Burgess to replace Ronald L. Rice as the State Senator in Legislative District 28. Jones and DiVincenzo back Burgess to fill the vacancy created when Rice retired and to run in the November election to fill the remainder of his unexpired term.

“There is no question that Renee Burgess has the experience and passion to serve her community and I can think of no one better to become the State Senator in District 28. Every facet of her career has been geared to help people, whether it’s providing the best services for residents, a quality education for students or first-class service to her clients in the private sector,” Jones said. “This is exactly the background and experience that we need in our next State Senator and I ask District 28 to join me in support of Renee Burgess,” he added.

“Renee Burgess has a long history of public service to the residents of Irvington both through the elected positions she has held as a member of the Irvington Town Council and Board of Education and her involvement in numerous organizations and initiatives. These experiences provide her with the necessary insight and understanding of the issues affecting our residents and uniquely prepare her for service as a State Senator representing the 28th Legislative District,” DiVincenzo said. “I wholeheartedly support Renee Burgess as our next District 28 State Senator,” he added.

Governor Phil Murphy also endorsed Burgess to serve as the next State Senator for State Senate District 28 in advance of a special election convention tonight in Bloomfield.
“Senator Rice is leaving the State Senate as one of its most transformational and impactful leaders, a voice of moral clarity and tireless champion of social justice. That’s why I’m eager to endorse Irvington Council President Renee Burgess to carry on his legacy as the next Senator for District 28.
“A lifelong resident of Irvington, Council President Burgess has served Essex County with distinction since she first entered public service 22 years ago as a District Leader. As a longtime Irvington School Board Member and active member of her community, Council President Burgess has championed investments in public education, public safety, and affordable housing during her time in office. She founded and continues to serve as President of the Thurgood Marshall Area Block Association, serves as Committee Chair of the Irvington South Ward Democratic Committee, and has been an active member of Union Gospel Tabernacle Church in Newark for over 30 years.
“I know the people of Essex County are in good hands and looking to the future with Renee Burgess representing them in Trenton. She’ll be a strong partner in our shared mission of expanding opportunity and increasing affordability for every New Jersey family.”

After serving over three decades in the NJ State Senate, Ron Rice retired on August 31st. Jones and DiVincenzo are supporting Burgess to serve as the interim NJ State Senator until the November 8th General Election and to appear on the ballot in November to fill the remainder of the term. The Essex County Democratic Committee will host a special meeting on Friday, September 9th to choose a candidate to fill the vacancy.

Wayne Richardson

Burgess has served on the Irvington Town Council since 2014 and has been the Council President since 2019. Previously, she served on the Irvington Board of Education from 2003 to 2014, becoming one of the longest serving members in school board history.

She was employed for over 10 years in customer service and payroll at Merck Pharmaceutical Company, six years at CA One Services at Newark Airport and 11 years as an Asset Manager for CIT Capital. She received numerous awards recognizing her for her professionalism and leadership. Preciously, she was employed by the Township of Irvington as the purchasing clerk and payroll and purchasing specialist and by the Irvington Housing Authority as supervisor of accounts and human resource administrator.

Essex County Commissioner Wayne Richardson also issued his endorsement of Burgess.


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