West Windsor Councilwoman Ayesha Hamilton, an attorney by trade, today formally entered the race for the Assembly seat in the 15th Legislative District.
Hamilton’s entrance sets up a showdown – at the very least – between her and Mercer County Freeholder Tony Verrelli, who is also a declared candidate for the seat.
Both candidates are vying for a position held by Assemblywoman Liz Muoio (D-15), tapped by Governor Phil Murphy to serve as NJ Treasurer.
In a Facebook post this morning, Hamilton laid out the case for herself as an assembly candidate.
“As an employment lawyer, I have spent the last 20 years advocating for workers; as a Councilwoman, I have championed the best interests of our residents; as an immigrant, I bring a diversity of representation needed in the NJ legislature; and as a community builder, I have worked tirelessly to promote dialogue and build consensus in West Windsor. As there are several highly qualified candidates in the field, so here is why I am running:
“I am a policy nerd.
“I had the privilege of serving on Governor Murphy’s policy transition team for Labor and Workforce Development and am now ready to move these proposals to action. I believe in the Governor’s progressive vision and can help him move New Jersey forward.
My policy priorities are –
(a) creating public-private partnerships to ensure up-skilling of the current workforce to get NJ’s unemployed back to work;
(b) requiring the Dept. of Education provide specific skills to prepare our youth for the 21st Century workplace;
(c) dismantling Christie-era undertaxing of commercial property owners that shifted the burden to residential taxpayers;
(d) working to achieve a balance between allowing our workers a earn a “living wage” while protecting NJ’s small businesses; and
(e) guarding the environment where we live and work.
I ask for the opportunity to be your advocate in the New Jersey Assembly.”