HAMILTON, NJ --  The Hamilton Township Education Association (HTEA) announced their support for Council President Jeff Martin, in his bid to unseat current Mayor Kelly Yaede. In making the announcement on Thursday union leaders also announced their support for Nancy Phillips, a teacher in nearby East Brunswick, and Pasquale ‘Pat’ Papero, Jr., whom are both  seeking election to Township Council on a ticket with Martin.

According to Frank Gatto, president of the union which represents teaching professionals in public schools across Hamilton, the HTEA believes their endorsed candidates share a common vision for building positive, constructive relationships between the town council, the school district, and the union; promoting strong public schools and public education, and supporting collective bargaining.

"For these reasons, HTEA believes that these candidates will best serve our public schools, our educators, our students, and the community," Gatto told TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville.  

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"We are greatly honored to have the support of the wonderful Hamilton teachers and school professionals who work every day to make sure children are getting critical education that they need in the 21st century," said Martin.  "Our community thrives because our next generation has a great foundation provided in Hamilton Township school classrooms."  

Martin is running against incumbent Mayor Kelly Yaede. Phillips, who is a teacher, and Papero are running against Vinnie Capodanno and Rich Balgowan for two open council seats. 

Noticeably present at the endorsement announcement were several members of Hamilton FMBA Locals 84 and 284 who became the first unions to endorse the Democratic candidates in June. "Teachers and firefighters share a common passion for serving our communities," Shane Mull, vice president of FMBA 284 said. "Clearly we agree with HTEA's opinion that the team of Martin, Phillips, and Papero is the best one to move our township forward in a positive way. We look forward to having these teachers join us on the campaign trail between now and election day."

Election Day is November 5 with polls open from 6:00am until 8:00pm.

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