By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

PHILADELPHIA – New Jersey Congressional candidate Will Cunningham won his most impressive endorsement to date when the Philadelphia Inquirer endorsed him for the District 2 seat in the Democratic primary to face Republican Jeff Van Drew.

Cunningham, who lost to Van Drew two years ago in the Democratic Primary, has been fighting to win the seat without the endorsement of the state and local Democratic Party machine.

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Cunningham, a Vineland native who has worked in Washington D.C. and legally-trained investigator for U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, has touted that his experience on Capitol Hill makes him the ready to take the reigns in the office from Day One.

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“… Cunningham, 34, has significant experience on the Hill,” the Inquirer endorsement said. “He worked in the Washington office of U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) as a member of the health-care policy team, and also on the House Oversight Committee staff of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

“We like Cunningham’s support for bold criminal justice reform. Cunningham’s is an inspiring life story — homeless while a Vineland High School student, he earned a Brown University scholarship. His is a generation whose time has come,” the endorsement continued.

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Cunningham said Monday he won the endorsement of the Victory Fund, which works to elect LGBTQ+ candidates for office in this nation.

“We need more members of Congress who understand the experiences and struggles of the people they represent,” former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, president and chief executive officer of the Victory Fund said. “As an openly LGBTQ Black man who grew up in poverty and experienced homelessness, Will Cunningham will bring a unique perspective to the issues facing our nation and ensure underserved communities are not forgotten.

“If Will wins his primary on Tuesday, America will have the opportunity to elect three openly LGBTQ Black members of Congress in November – and that would be transformative,” Parker added.

Cunningham said while progress has been made for the LGBTQ+ community in this nation, “we have to go further for full equality.”

“The laws in our country today leave millions of LGBTQ+ Americans subject to unjust discrimination that has no place in our society,” Cunningham said. “As Congressman I will fight to enshrine LGBTQ rights into our legal system and ensure that it is never legal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.”

With a circulation of nearly 160,000 daily, the Inquirer is the third-oldest daily operation daily newspaper in the country and has one of the country’s most influential news publication since the Civil War.

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