ROSELLE, NJ – Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley officially announced his intention to run for the State Assembly in the 20th Legislative District this on Monday.

Holley, is currently in his first term as mayor after serving two terms on the Borough Council and is seen as a rising star in New Jersey's Democratic Party. Once being the youngest legislative chief of staff in state history, he was also one of the youngest mayors ever elected.

"The communities that make up the 20th Legislative District need continued strong representation in Trenton. I am humbled and excited to begin this journey toward providing them with the voice they need," said Holley, "This is a challenging time for our state with our economy lagging behind and many people still out of work. I am ready to bring the same spirit of collaborative leadership and energy that have been our keys to success in Roselle to the State Assembly, and will work to protect the interests of the people in Elizabeth, Union, Hillside and Roselle."

Holley is running for the seat that was by vacated by Union County Sheriff and former Assemblyman Joseph Cryan (D-Union). He will be considered by the members of the Union County Democratic Committee for appointment to finish the current Assembly term at a convention on January 21, and has also begun circulating nominating petitions for the June 2015 Primary Election.