Legislative District 28

NJ Spotlight | October 8, 2019 | Elections 2019

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The 28th District covers four Essex County communities — Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Irvington, and Nutley — and a portion of Newark.

A  majority “blue” district, about 52% of its voters are Democrats, with only 8% Republican and most of the rest unaffiliated.

The Democratic candidates are the incumbents, Assembly members Cleopatra Tucker of Newark and Ralph Caputo of Nutley, both of whom are seeking re-election.

The Republican challengers are Joy Bembry-Freeman of Newark and Antonio Pires of Nutley.

One independent also filed, Derrick Ross of Newark, who is running under the slogan Strength in Numbers.

ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES

CLEOPATRA TUCKER: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: Newark

Occupation:Legislator

Top three issues: Military & veterans affairs; senior affairs; women’s and children’s issues.

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RALPH CAPUTO: DEMOCRAT (incumbent)

Hometown: Nutley

Occupation: Legislator

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JOY BEMBRY-FREEMAN: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Newark

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ANTONIO PIRES: REPUBLICAN

Hometown: Nutley

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DERRICK ROSS: INDEPENDENT (Strength in Numbers)

Hometown: Newark

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