NJ LGBTQ leaders support Joe Forte for local council race

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Joe Forte
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Elected officials and leaders across New Jersey have endorsed Joe Forte for local office. He is the New Jersey Democratic State Commitee (NJDSC) LGBTQ+ Caucus Vice Chair and is a veteran public servant for Lawrence Township Council. As a long-time leader in the Democratic Party, Forte currently serves as 2nd Vice Chair of the Lawrence Democratic Club, is a member of the Zoning Board, and Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

“Joe has tirelessly worked to make sure we get LGBTQ Candidates elected throughout the state, and we are excited to support him for his race on Council,” said Lauren Albrecht, Chair of the NJDSC LGBTQ+ Caucus. “I know that Joe will continue to fight for full equality for all our residents.”

The NJDSC LGBTQ+ Caucus in a press release today included accolades and endorsements by over a dozen New Jersey LGBTQ politicians and LGBTQ organizational group leaders.

  • “LGBTQ Leadership is critical at the municipal level as well as all levels of government,” said Rebecca Williams, Union County Commissioner Chair. “Joe has shown himself to be creditable, honorable, and hard-working. He would be an outstanding representative for our community and all communities.”
  • “Joe Forte’s relationships go above and beyond as he is dedicated to representing everyone,” said Reed Gusciora, Mayor of Trenton. “He brings his problem-solving experience and strong work ethic to get things done.”
  • “Joe Forte has been a stalwart presence in the statehouse. He can get it done,” said Dr. Timothy J. Eustace, DC former State Legislator District 38
  • “I’ve had the privilege of working with Joe Forte since he first embarked on his professional career,” said Jennifer Sciortino, Mayor Bordentown City. “As long as I’ve known him, he’s proven to be a consensus builder with a passion for public service who is driven by a desire to help others.”
  • Betsy Driver, Mayor of Flemington said “He is a hard worker and will be a great asset for the community.”
  • “Especially at the local level, the most direct and impactful connection voters have with government, we need public servants who can prove government as a source of good in our lives. My dear friend Joe will be such a public servant; I’m so proud of him and thank him for running.” – Dean Dafis, Mayor, Maplewood
  • “I’ve worked alongside Joe for almost a decade in legislative and political work advancing progressive policies and actions for New Jersey. I know he’ll be a great advocate for Lawrence residents as he seeks their vote for elected office., said Chris Hillmann, Councilman in Hasbrouck Heights.
  • “Joe has established himself as a committed changemaker,” said Wartyna L. Davis, PhD, Bloomfield Council-at Large. “He leads with the wisdom of experience and compassion for the community. He makes a positive impact in every arena he touches.”
  • “Joe Forte is the most dedicated advocate the people of Lawrence Township could ever ask for to represent them on the town council. His commitment, drive and intellect along with his compassion for his fellow residents will be assets in town hall. I fully endorse my good friend Joe!” – Edward J. Zipprich, Councilman, Red Bank Vice Chair, NJDMO.
  • “Joe is well known across the state and will be able to get the resources needed to be an effective leader. He has my full support,” said Ian Mosley, Municipal Chair in Lindenwold.
  • “Joe is an exceptional public servant and will make a terrific member of the Council. He is someone you can count on to do the work, communicate well and perform with integrity. I wholeheartedly endorse Joe’s candidacy.” – Peter Yacobellis, Council Member, Montclair.
  • “Joe will make an outstanding member of the Council, and I am excited he is running,” said Ed Potosnak, Councilmember, Franklin Township (Somerset). “Joe Forte is committed, approachable, hardworking, and a progressive advocate for all. Over the years, I have seen his compassion for his neighbors and ability to get people the help they need by activating his wide network, and I know his experience will benefit the community.”
  • “There is not a doubt in my mind that Joe would be an outstanding Councilman. He has proven that he is a devoted public servant.” – Kate Triggiano, Councilwoman and Democratic Municipal Chair, Red Bank.
  • “Joe is amazingly qualified, caring and knowledgeable. In the time that I have known him, he has always made time to listen to the concerns of everyone,” said Eddie Freeman, Councilman, Evesham Township.
  • “Joe is committed and dedicated to progress. He will listen and represent everyone. He’s the kind of person we need in public service. I fully support him and his run for council.” Patricia Hansen, Councilwoman, Evesham Township
  • “Joe Forte has exactly what it takes to become an excellent council member and I fully support his candidacy. Joe is fully devoted to improving the quality of life for residents. We need more people like Joe to provide effective representation for all residents.” – Marianna Pontoriero, Councilmember, Brick.

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