By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
BRIGANTINE â€“ Ruben Bermudez, who was elected Vineland’s first Latino mayor in 2012, announced Friday he was endorsing Amy Kennedy for the New Jersey’s Congressional District 2 seat in the Democratic primary.
Bermudez won one term in his historic time as mayor in the Cumberland County city. He also endorsed the Cumberland County Freeholder slate of incumbent Jack Surrency along with Donna Pearson and Tracey Wells-Huggins.
“The City of Vineland needs leaders that understand our challenges, can connect to our people, and are empathetic enough to want to listen and do something about it,” Bermudez said in a statement. “Amy Kennedy, Jack Surrency, Donna M. Pearson, and Tracey Wells-Huggins are those such people. The Column F Team has my full and unflinching support.”
Kennedy is fighting for the right to take on Republican Jeff Van Drew in the November general election. Van Drew, who won the seat as a Democrat nearly four years ago, made national headlines when he switched parties to support President Donald Trump during his impeachment hearings.
“I’ve seen the dedication of Mayor Bermudez, as a leader, as a small business owner, and as a member of his community,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Mayor Bermudez and his wife, Dr. Sandrie Bermudez, are committed to making change in Vineland, and I’m proud to have his support in my run for Congress. I’m committed to the people of South Jersey and serving our diverse communities, both in Vineland and across South Jersey.”
Surrency, Pearson, a former Cumberland County freeholder, and Wells-Huggins, are fighting for spots on that board against incumbents Carol Musso and George Castellini along with newcomer Bruce Cooper, a Millville committeman.
“Mayor Bermudez understands that Vineland and the Latino community want a county government thatâ€™s accessible, accountable, and fair,” Surrency said. “We’re grateful for his enforcement and look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder to serve the needs of his community.”
Pearson said: “The amount of passion, energy and advocacy that Mayor Bermudez provides for Vineland is inspiring. We welcome him to our coalition.”
Wells-Huggins added: “As a Vineland resident, this is especially meaningful to me. I know how hard Mayor Bermudez has fought for making sure that everyone has a voice in government. Iâ€™m honored to stand with him.”
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