Silva Receives Endorsement from 50 East Ward Community Leaders


Today, a group of 50 community leaders from Newark’s East Ward endorsed the candidacy of Michael J. Silva for the East Ward City Council seat. The endorsements for Silva follow several recent affirmations for his candidacy from Assemblywoman Eliana Pintor Marin, retiring Councilman Augusto Amador and The Heavy and General Construction Laborers Local 472.

“Michael represents the best that the East Ward has to offer,” said Community Leader and Youth Advocate Zee Oliviera. “I have seen Michael work for nearly two decades in the East Ward as our community services detective. His tireless work when no one was looking really stood out to myself and other community leaders. We could not be more excited to support Michael in his run for office.”

“I am truly honored and humbled by this endorsement. Throughout my career I have worked tirelessly to serve the people of the East Ward and to have the support of these community icons means the world to me.” said Michael J. Silva. “There are a lot of critical issues facing our ward and  as your Councilman, I will work to make our community a place we are all proud to call home.”



Augusto Amador- Six Term East Ward Councilman

Renato Baptista- Brazilian Community Immigration Rights Advocate

Frank Barbosa- Portuguese Community Education Advocate

Betty Brazell- Public Housing Tenant Leader

Lashonda Brazell-Public Housing Tenant Leader

Arnold Cohen- Affordable Housing Advocate

Isabel Costa- Health Care Professional

Maria Coutinho- Portuguese Community Cultural Affairs Leader

Briana Esteves- College Student/ Youth Advocate

Gloria Esteves- Health and Youth Advocate

Carlos Farinhas- Retired Construction Industry Professional

Jack Ferreira- Realtor

Tony Gomes- Developer

Claudia Graceli- Municipal Council Aide/ Brazilian Community Advocate

Rosemarie Horsley- Terril Homes Housing Leader

Alinisha Horsley- Terril Homes Housing Leader

Pastor Lesley Ramos- Religious Leader Hispanic Community

Ana Martins- Architect

Renato Martins- Investor

Gloria Maxwell- Public Housing Tenant Leader

Dewitt Maxwell- Public Housing Tenant Leader

Jorge Montez- Trucking Business Owner

Rhonda Napier- Public Housing Tenant Leader

Ana Nata- Portuguese Community Education Advocate

Tony Oliveira- LOCAL 472- President

Zee Oliveira- Youth Advocate/ Social Worker

Joe Pimentel- Owner Continental Hardware/ Philanthropist

Maria Pimentel- Business Owner/ District Leader

Tony Pinto- Edison Parking Executive

Eliana Pintor Marin Assemblywoman LD29

Joe Rendeiro-Education Professional

Antonio Rendeiro- Architect/ Community Artist

Maria Ribeiro- Municipal Aide/ Democratic District Leader

Lilly Ribeiro- Community Artist

Danny Rodriguez- Youth Advocate/ Soccer Coach

Jorge Roldan- Ecuadorian Community Advocate/Leader

Manny Rosa- Realtor

Mario Santos- Principal East Side High School

Al Silva- Real Estate Broker

Jessica Silva- Youth Advocate/Democratic District Leader

Josey Stewart- Senior Advocate

Mario Teixiera Jr.- Buyus Funeral Home

Russel Thomas- Retired Newark Police Officer

Gabe Torres- Democratic Party District Leader

Tony Vageiro- Portuguese Community Cultural Affairs Leader

Paula Vieira- Democratic Party District Leader

Drew Webster- Public Housing Tenant Leader

William Will- Brazilian Community Leader/Youth Soccer Coach

Demetris Williams- Public Housing Tenant Leader

Nancy Zak- Environmental Justice Advocate

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