Pintor Marin backs Silva in Newark East Ward race

Michael J. Silva won a major endorsement in his bid for a seat on the Newark East Ward City Council, gaining the support of Assembly Budget Committee Chair Eliana Pintor Marin (D-Newark).

“Michael represents the best the East Ward has to offer when it comes to public servants,” Pintor Marin said.

Pintor Marin is the most influential Portuguese American state official in a district where more than 40% of voters are of Portuguese descent.

“Michael has spent nearly two decades as a community services detective and his experience helping members of our community gives him a leg up on other candidates in this race,” the powerful lawmaker said. “I know from experience that Michael will work tirelessly every day to make sure the East Ward finally gets the respect it deserves,”

Silva, a 28-year retired Newark Police Department veteran, faces former Newark Police Superintendent Anthony Campos, supermarket owner Jonathan Seabra and Louis Weber, the unit’s executive secretary. Newark Police liquor control. Weber is running on Mayor Ras Baraka’s list.

They seek the seat of veteran Ironbound Councilman Augusto Amador, who has held the position for 24 years.

In 2018, Campos forced Amador to a second round. Amador led May’s nonpartisan municipal elections by 269 votes, 43%-35%, with Seabra getting 9% and Crystal Fonseca 8%. In the June run-off, Amador won by 83 votes, 51%-49%.

“I couldn’t be more humbled and honored to have the support of MP Eliana Pintor Marin.” Silva said. “Throughout her career, Eliana has remained a strong advocate for the East End community. With his support, I know we can work together to ensure the East Ward gets its fair share.