West Windsor Councilwoman Hamilton Gets in the LD15 Contest

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.”

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