Trenton’s incumbent Mayor Eric Jackson formally endorsed businessman Paul Perez to become the next Capital City’s Mayor.
Jackson, who won his seat over Perez in Trenton’s 2014 Mayoral runoff election, decided not to run for a second term. In a statement, the retiring mayor thanked his former opponent for continuing to proactively serve Trenton during the past four years.
“Following the 2014 election, Paul continued his efforts to revitalize our community by educating youth, supporting seniors and matching families to resources through his non-profit, Partnerships for Trenton. He has earned my respect, as well as the solid support of so many of our citizens as demonstrated by the May 8th election results.” Jackson said.
“My successor must possess the honesty, strength, integrity, resilience and vision to work with our new Council and all community stakeholders in order to effectively tackle the issues our City faces. That person is Paul Perez. I ask Trenton voters to select Ballot position #1 and vote for Paul Perez on Tuesday, June 12th,” the mayor added.
“I have come to know Eric Jackson and respect him personally and professionally. His endorsement is humbling and also signals his administration’s commitment for a smooth transition as we prepare to lead Trenton for the next four years,” Perez said.
The Eric Jackson commitment to Perez comes on the heels of other endorsements, including the Latino Leadership Alliance-NJ; the Guatemalan Merchants’ Association; community activist and former Trenton Mayoral candidate Darren “Freedom” Green; members of the Trenton Muslim community; the Wayne DeAngelo-led Mercer County Building and Construction Trades Council; the Ray Pocino-led NJ State Laborers’ PAC; and, the Michael K. Maloney-led United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters Local #9.