Linden Mayor Derek Armstead has endorsed Lisa McCormick for Union County Surrogate, an obscure office concerned with wills and adoptions that carries a high salary and a five year term.

McCormick, who garnered 159,998 votes statewide against Senator Bob Menendez in the 2018 Democratic primary, is now a part of Armstead's slate in the June 4 election and challenging Union County Surrogate James LaCorte.

Joining McCormick on the Democrats United for Progress team are Carlos Rivas and Mark Lighten, who will face Assemblyman James Kennedy and Assemblywoman Linda Carter in the 22nd legislative district primary race.

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Plainfield school board member Wilma Campbell, Armstead chief of staff Alex Lospinoso, and former Roselle city councilwoman Sylvia Turnage are running for freeholder on the Democrats United for Progress ticket, which will appear in Column C on the June 4 ballot.

The feud between Linden Mayor Derek Armstead and State Sen. Nicholas Scutari is pitting Democrats United for Progress against candidates running on the line backed by state Sen. Nicholas Scutari (D-Linden), the county political boss.

Incumbent Freeholders Bette Jane Kowalski, Sergio Granados and Rebecca Williams are on the regular political organization slate. Also running for re-election on the regular organization line is LaCorte, who has had the job for 20 years and is the son of the last Republican mayor of Elizabeth.

Legislation sponsored by Scutari increased the salary of the surrogate from $165,000 to $189,000.

Armstead and McCormick were running mates in 2010, when he won the first of three consecutive nominations for mayor and she garnered 47 percent of the vote for County Clerk. 

Known as a progressive Democrat in the style of Bernie Sanders, McCormick waged a grassroots campaign for US Senate last year advocating reduced military spending, universal health care, plus expanded free public education and Social Security funded by a restoration of taxes once paid by ultrawealthy individuals and corporations.

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