Legislative and Local Races
Our local Democratic candidates -- people who understand our lives, share our values and will work every to make New Jersey a better place -- are competing across state.
District 1 (Incumbent)
State Senator Donald Norcross has been a lifelong advocate for working men and women of New Jersey whose efforts have resulted in the creation of quality jobs for people across the South Jersey region. He has championed programs to expand and diversify the workforce through the recruitment and hiring of women and minorities, and has supported legislative initiatives that put our nation’s veterans to work. He is running for the congressional seat vacated by former U.S. Representative Rob Andrews.
Senator Norcross, who began his career in organized labor in 1979 and rose through the ranks of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has also been actively involved with United Way. Senator Norcross recognizes that while New Jersey is the richest state per capita many working families have been left behind. He strongly advocates for increasing the minimum wage, giving hundreds of thousands of residents the raise they deserve, and he is committed to making New Jersey affordable through the creation of public-private partnerships and other initiatives that stimulate economic development, revitalize neighborhoods, and rejuvenate business districts.
Senator Norcross and his wife live in the City of Camden. He is the father of three and grandfather of two.
Frank Pallone Jr.
District 6 (Incumbent)
Frank Pallone, Jr. is serving his 13th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Pallone's Central Jersey district covers most of Middlesex County, as well as the Bayshore and oceanfront areas of Monmouth County — an ethnically diverse area with a wide range of business and industry that are on the cutting edge of high technology research and development
Pallone's legislative accomplishments have been geared to the protection and restoration of environmental resources and making health care more affordable and accessible.
He is a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over issues pertaining to energy, environment, health care, commerce and telecommunications, and the top Democrat on the Committee's Subcommittee on Health. Pallone is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over fisheries, oceans and other coastal issues.
The son of a policeman, Pallone attended local public schools and earned an academic scholarship to Middlebury College, where he graduated cum laude. He received his master's degree in international relations at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a law degree at Rutgers University. Pallone is married and has three children.
District 8 (Incumbent)
Born in the Cuba, Congressman Sires grew up in the waning years of pre-Communist Cuba. His family fled in January 1962 with the help of relatives in America.
Congressman Sires became a star basketball player at Memorial High School and received a four-year basketball scholarship from St. Peter’s College, before earning a Masters Degree from Middlebury College in Vermont.
Congressman Sires was a teacher and business owner before entering public service as Mayor of West New York, New Jersey. As Mayor, he balanced twelve consecutive municipal budgets while maintaining and enhancing vital municipal services, earning the title “Mayor of the Year” in 2004. Sires also served in the New Jersey State Assembly, including two terms as Speaker of the Assembly.
In Congress, Sires serves on two Committees: Foreign Affairs and Transportation and Infrastructure. His Committee assignments allow him to focus on protecting human rights and freedoms across the globe, building international partnerships to improving our nation’s security, and supporting increased transit and commuting options.
Congressman Sires resides in West New York with his wife, Adrienne.
Bill Pascrell Jr.
District 9 (Incumbent)
Bill Pascrell, Jr. sits on the Committee on Ways and Means, and the Committee on the Budget -- assignments that allow Bill to be deeply involved in the issues that are important to the citizens of New Jersey.
He is one of the leading Congressional voices on protecting Medicare and Social Security for our seniors., and he uses his Committee position to advocate for a fair international trade policy and on behalf of tax reform that includes the elimination of the Alternative Minimum Tax. Bill also continues to be a strong advocate for the modernization of New Jersey’s transportation in infrastructure.
Before being elected to Congress, Bill proudly served as the Mayor of Paterson from 1990-1996 and a member of the New Jersey State Assembly from 1988-1996. He was previously a member of the Paterson Board of Education, a public high school teacher, and a college adjunct professor at Farleigh Dickenson University.
Bill graduated from Fordham University in New York with bachelors degree in Journalism and a masters degree in Philosophy. He has three sons and resides in Paterson with his wife, Elsie.
Donald Payne Jr.
District 10 (Incumbent)
The Honorable Donald M. Payne, Jr., a Newark native, has worked as a tireless advocate for New Jersey’s working families for over two decades, fighting to create jobs, increase health and economic security, and invest in education.
Congressman Payne, Jr., is a member of the Committee on Homeland Security where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, as well as the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency. He also serves on the Committee on Small Business where he works to expand access to capital for small business owners and increase jobs training. And, he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
Congressman Payne, Jr was first elected to Congress in November 2012 following the untimely death of his father, respected former Congressman Donald M. Payne, Sr., who represented New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty-three years. Prior, Payne Jr. served as Newark Municipal Council President and Essex County Freeholder-at-Large. He attended Kean College (now Kean University).
Congressman Donald Payne Jr. lives in Newark with his wife and their 15-year-old triplets.
Bonnie Watson Coleman
District 12 (Incumbent)
Bonnie Watson Coleman is one of New Jersey’s most respected and influential legislators, having been elected to the Legislature for eight consecutive terms. An advocate for hardworking families, Bonnie represents our shared democratic values and cares deeply about the direction our nation is headed.
Among her many achievements in the Legislature, Bonnie was on the front lines in the fight to increase the minimum wage, to pass the Paid Family Leave Act and to create the Office of the Comptroller to battle waste, fraud and abuse in government. She believes that parents are an integral part of the solution to fix our schools and introduced legislation to ensure local control of public schools.
Bonnie also shattered racial and gender barriers to become the first African American woman to serve as Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly, and the first African American woman to serve as Chair of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. When elected to replace retiring Congressman Rush Holt, Bonnie will be the first African American woman to represent New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.
A graduate of Thomas Edison State College, Bonnie and her husband reside in Ewing Township and are have three sons.