LINDEN, NJ - The Linden Democratic Committee announced the endorsement of Tenth Ward Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey for Mayor, along with the Re-Election of Linden Council President Jorge Alvarez, Re-Election of Linden Ninth Ward Councilman Armando Medina, and First Ward candidate O’Neil Thomas, Jr.

The team of Hickey, Alvarez, Medina, and Thomas intend to run on a platform of increased public safety, fiscal responsibility, and transparency in government.

“This is a terrific and diverse field of candidates,” Chairman Nick Scutari said. “Taxpayers in Linden deserve public servants whose sole focus is to only work in the interests of the residents they serve. With Gretchen, Jorge, Armando, and O’Neil on our Democratic ticket, Linden voters have a dynamic and talented team they can trust.”

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“It’s time for progress in Linden. Residents I have spoken to are concerned about backroom deals and the lack of transparency," Hickey said. "The fact of the matter is our city can do better. I am honored to run for Mayor of Linden,”

Council President Jorge Alvarez is excited about the possible changes to come.

“The past four years have been full of missed opportunities and disappointment. We have an opportunity to bring our city together. I’m excited that Linden taxpayers finally have an opportunity to change course,” Alvarez said. “Gretchen will be a strong and effective Mayor, and I look forward to helping her get elected.”

“Running for office can be tough, but I’m eager to campaign on behalf of myself and this team,” Medina said. “There is tremendous energy and excitement. Along with Gretchen and my running mates, I plan on focusing my energy on improving our public safety in Linden.”

“As a first-time candidate for office, I’m honored by the support from the Linden Democratic Committee, Gretchen Hickey, and my fellow running mates,” said Thomas. “I’m running for office because my family and my neighbors deserve more transparency from City Hall. We deserve a stronger downtown, increased opportunities for residents, and improved public safety.  I look forward to working alongside Gretchen Hickey and the rest of the Democratic team”

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