A holdout among Essex County officials backing Cory Booker for Mayor is Carole Graves, the Register of Deeds and Mortgages. Graves is a former Newark Teachers Union President and a longtime political ally of Mayor Sharpe James. Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Sheriff Armando Fontoura and County Clerk Christopher Durkin announced their support of Booker today. Booker backed Thomas Giblin against DiVincenzo in the 2002 Democratic primary. Graves is not up for re-election until 2009. The post of Register has been eliminated everywhere but Essex and Hudson.