In CD 10 the race remains open with four key competing veteran Democrats who have been in office for multiple cycles. In other districts except for CD 9 the outcome is more predictable and there are fewer seasoned politicians in each race. New developments in this tri-county contest include added support for Senator Nia Gill (D-34). Surprisingly, however, she filed to run in the primary for the regular two-year term starting in January 2013, but not for the unexpired term from November to January. The prospects for each candidate vary from place to place and the past votes won by each candidate in recent elections provide perspective.
A spokesperson for Senator Gill’s campaign told Blue Jersey this morning by phone that her failure to to file for the unexpired term was not inadvertent. “She is in it for the long haul and that starts with the regular term. The serious candidate runs for the full term,” he said. She qualifies to run in both primaries and would have gained added votes from Elizabeth and other towns which were part of the old CD10 but not the new one. The other three leading candidates filed for both primaries.
Hudson County (23% of new CD 10 population) has just awarded Line A to Senator Nia Gill (D Montclair) rather than Essex’s Donald Payne, Jr. There is no love lost between the Adubato, DiVincenzo, and Thigpen Essex Democratic Committee and the Mark Smith Hudson Democratic Committee. In 2011, for example, Hudson supported Assemblyman Joe Cryan (D- Union) against Essex County’s Sheila Oliver for the Assembly Speaker position. Also Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-31) whose legislative district includes all of Hudson’s CD 10 population endorsed Gill.
In Essex County which has a whopping 57 % of the new CD 10 population the Democratic Committee just confirmed it will give Line A to Donald Payne, Jr. Union (20% of CD 10 population) will hold an open primary. Sen. Ray Lesniak a powerful force in Union whose legislative district includes about half of Union’s new CD10 is a strong supporter of Senator Gill.
There are now four key individuals (plus two other Democrats and one Republican) seeking to fill the seat formerly held by Congressman Donald Payne, Sr: Essex Freeholder and Newark Councilman Donald Payne Jr, Montclair Senator Nia Gill, Newark West Ward Councilman Ronald C. Rice, and Irvington Mayor Wayne Smith. Following the recent endorsement of two Newark councilmen for Ron Rice, comes the news of Hudson’s Line A to Nia Gill, plus, her endorsement from Sen. Cunningham. Donald Payne, Jr., with name recognition, Essex machine support and a large vote getter in his own right, remains the person to beat.
For more on the vote getting ability of each candidate and their prospects in different parts of CD 10, follow the fold