The largest union of nurses and healthcare workers has announced the candidates they are endorsing in Federal, State and Local races. The endorsement comes after an extensive review of the candidates’ positions and an endorsement was bestowed upon those who expressed or have shown a commitment to supporting the rights of healthcare workers and improving patient safety.
“This has been an exceptional year, as HPAE members have faced unprecedented health and safety concerns while battling COVID-19 in their healthcare facilities.” said Debbie White, President of HPAE. “These candidates have been on the side of health care workers and patients and have a proven commitment to protecting the interests of patients and workers over the financial interests of large healthcare corporations.”
Among the issues and votes HPAE members examined were support or opposition of:
• Ensuring the rights of workers to collectively bargain over safety and economic conditions;
• Protecting public employee benefits and pension; and
• Expanding healthcare coverage and access to providers to ensure everyone has access to services that will lead to improvements in health outcomes.
Below is the list of candidates HPAE is endorsing in the 2020 Elections:
Cory Booker for U.S. Senate
Donald Norcross for U.S. House of Representatives District One
Andy Kim for U.S. House of Representatives District Three
Josh Gottheimer for U.S. House of Representatives District Five
Frank Pallone, Jr. for U.S. House of Representatives District Six
Tom Malinowski for U.S. House of Representatives District Seven
Albio Sires for U.S. House of Representatives District Eight
Bill Pascrell, Jr. for U.S. House of Representatives District Nine
Donald Payne, Jr. for U.S. House of Representatives District Ten
Rebecca “Mikie” Sherrill for U.S. House of Representatives District Eleven
Bonnie Watson Coleman for U.S. House of Representatives Twelve
Michael Penna & Moira Nelson for Monmouth County Freeholder
Justin O’Hea, Hector Menese Jr. & Aissa Catherine Heath for Union County Freeholder
Bill Irwin for Piscataway Mayor
Ralph Johnson, Laura Leibowitz & Kamuela Tillman for Piscataway Municipal Council
HPAE’s endorsements ensures of the 14,00 nurses and health care workers who are registered to vote in New Jersey will be informed before they vote on July 7th in the primary election and well in advance of the general election.