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BRIDGETON â€“ PBA Local 231 endorsed Cumberland County Freeholder Jack Surrency and his running mates Donna M. Pearson and Tracey Wells-Huggins Monday, according to the candidates in a statement.
PBA Local 231 represents about 132 correctional police officers that work in the Cumberland County Jail. Surrency in recent weeks has pushed hard for jail reforms to protect prisoners and workers during the coronavirus pandemic, but he has been rebuffed by other freeholders.
“Jack Surrency, Donna Pearson and Tracey Wells-Huggins have the full backing and support of the men and women of PBA Local 231,” Victor Bermudez, president. “They understand our issues, can articulate our needs, and have the fire and passion that’s needed to fix the systematic flaws in the county jail.”
Bermudez has been fighting with the county for a fair contract, workplace protections, and answers on how COVID is being handled within the jail.
“For us, this is a great honor and we do not take this endorsement lightly,” Surrency said in the statement. “Our correctional police officers are on the front lines of county government, fighting for us every day during a pandemic. They’re heroes.”
“The support of PBA Local 231 tells us something: we’re fighting the right fights and weâ€™re doing it for the right reasons,â€ said Pearson, a former freeholder.
“PBA Local 231 represents working class men and women of Cumberland County,” Wells-Huggins, a registered nurse and juvenile justice advocate, said. “We’re proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them in this campaign.”
Bermudez added: “This team’s energy, ideas for change, and bold leadership style is exactly what Cumberland County needs at this very moment. We need to rally behind them.”
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