AFSCME New Jersey Endorses Pinkin for Clerk, Tomaro and Koppel for Freeholder in Middlesex County
Trenton, NJ – AFSCME New Jersey Council 63 today announced their support for Nancy J. Pinkin for Clerk and Charlie Tomaro and Leslie Koppel for Board of Chosen Freeholders in Middlesex County for election on November 3rd.
Pinkin, Tomaro and Koppel have a long history of supporting working people while in office, and have pledged their continued support of AFSCME members and the vital services that they provide to the people of Middlesex County.
“As working families continue to face unprecedented assault on the federal and local level, it is more important than ever that we elect candidates to office who represent our values,” said AFSCME New Jersey Executive Director Steve Tully. “Nancy Pinkin, Charlie Tomaro and Leslie Koppel respect public employees, and they understand the value of the services that AFSCME members provide for the people of Middlesex County. We know that they will fight to protect public services and ensure that our member’s rights are protected.”
“The County Clerk plays a vital role in ensuring that our election process is safe and secure,” said Pinkin. “During this time of great uncertainty, it is more important than ever that we build on the work of the County Clerk’s Office to ensure that our operations run smoothly and reliably. I thank AFSCME for their support and trust.”
“During the pandemic, Middlesex was among the first in the nation to offer the COVID-19 saliva test developed at Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health, and that success was due to our outstanding employees, including the many members of AFSCME, who provided the infrastructure needed for this breakthrough test to be scaled up quickly and effectively,” said Freeholder Leslie Koppel. “It means a great deal to have a unionized workforce that is as effective as ours is.”
“I’ve worked closely with MCFOODS throughout my career, and I was very proud of the collaboration between County Departments of Public Safety and Health, Community Services, and MCFOODS to serve our residents during this pandemic,” said Freeholder Charles Tomaro. “This massive operation was the direct result of over one hundred employees in multiple Departments working together. The fact that these employees are endorsing us demonstrates the effectiveness of our collaborative efforts.”
Middlesex County voters will begin receiving their ballots before the end of the month. The county has placed a drop box in every municipality to make voting effortless and secure for every Middlesex County voter.
AFSCME’s 1.6 million members provide the vital services that make America happen. With members in hundreds of different occupations — from nurses to corrections officers, child care providers to sanitation workers — AFSCME advocates for fairness in the workplace, excellence in public services and prosperity and opportunity for all working families.