SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - Local Democratic leaders are celebrating presumptive Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden's pick of Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) as his vice presidential running mate.

“I congratulate my Congressional Black Caucus colleague and Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) sorority sister Kamala Harris on being the Democratic nominee for Vice President -- an excellent choice," said Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ, D-12). "Kamala is a strong addition to the ticket and will make us all proud.”

"I'm excited that I'm looking forward to working collectively to get her in office," said NJ State Assemblywoman Linda Carter, whose 22nd Legislative District covers Scotch Plains-Fanwood. "She's an AKA sorority sister of mine and would be the first African American female VP. She's a multi-cultural individual, and I think she's a great choice."

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"I’m pleased to see such a qualified person be selected as the Vice President candidate on the Democratic ticket," said Fanwood Mayor Colleen Mahr. "With Senator Harris's selection, she makes history as being the first woman of color to hold this important position. She has the credentials, the passion, and the tenacity to make her a credible candidate in the November election."

Fanwood Councilman Anthony Carter was equally pleased with Harris's selection.

"Democratic nominee Joe Biden tabbed Senator Harris from a list of formidable and well-qualified candidates. This is actually my second consecutive campaign running parallel to that of Senator Harris as we both ran successful campaigns in 2017," Councilman Carter said. " It is now incumbent on all Americans to cast their ballots this November for the Biden/Harris and Carter/Banks teams and correct many of the injustices endured during the current Presidential Administration."

Scotch Plains Deputy Mayor Josh Losardo, who is running for mayor in November, also commented on the Democratic ticket.

"I'm excited to learn more about Senator Harris in the coming weeks, but for me the VP pick didn't matter, I was voting for Biden regardless," Losardo said. "It is great to see a woman of color on the ballot making history."

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