Legislative District 20

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 20th District covers four communities in Union County: Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle, and Union.

This is the bluest district in New Jersey. Democrats make up 56% of those registered and just 8% are Republicans, with most of the rest unaffiliated.

Democrats control the district seats: Assembly members Annette Quijano, a municipal prosecutor from Elizabeth, and Jamel Holley, the director of public works in Irvington, are both seeking re-election.

The Republican slate includes Ashraf Hanna of Union, who ran unsuccessfully for Senate in 2017, and Charles Donnelly of Union.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

ANNETTE QUIJANO: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: Elizabeth

Occupation: Prosecutor

Top three issues: Affordability; improving education; justice

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JAMEL HOLLEY: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: Roselle

Occupation: Director of public works, Irvington

Top three issues: Advocating for affordable public education; pension reform; social and environmental justice

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ASHFAR HANNA: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Union

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CHARLES DONNELLY: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Union

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