UNION, NJ – Union’s June Democratic primary will see incumbent Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio face challenger Antoinette Dukes.

Florio has announced he will report every campaign contribution, not just those over $300 as required by law, “going above and beyond current ELEC guidelines.”  He is asking Dukes to do the same.  “We are requesting our opponent join us in providing this maximum transparency for Township residents,” Florio said.

In response to a request for comment, Dukes said transparency is very important. “We should set up virtual town halls to discuss the issues facing Union and make sure we have an open discussion for the residents. This way they can see how money is being spent, they can get information about the town and our platform.” 

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Florio has also called on Dukes to join him in pledging to forego putting up lawn signs before Primary Election Day in order to best adhere with social distancing and self-isolating procedures currently in place as a result of the dangerous COVID-19 virus.

“I am asking my opponent to join me in putting the needs of our residents first during this unprecedented time in pledging transparency and civility while also placing the public’s safety above all else in foregoing the use of lawn signs during this campaign,” said Florio.

“I value public health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Dukes.  She said she collected all her petition signatures electronically to eliminate all in-person contact. “I am also suspending all campaign mailers and lit drops,” said added.  “Delivering paper products into people’s homes will endanger our neighbors receiving the literature and the person delivering them, whether it is a campaign staffer or someone at the Post Office.  I call for my opponent to do the same.”

“Together we are facing unprecedented times and, in working with different groups throughout our community during this crisis, I believe the last thing people want to deal with are ‘politics as usual,’” added Florio.  “Many people have friends and neighbors contracting this virus and are worried about what comes next, so my focus will remain on moving forward with the urgent business of making sure government continues to provide information and services while also implementing best practices to help Township families.  Now is not the time for contentious politics, it is the time for our community to pull together and work as one.”