PASSAIC – Look hard among the lawn signs for the 8th Congressional District race, and you might see a few in there that say “Kennedy for Congress.”
That’s because Democratic Party insider Kenneth Lucianin, a candidate for the City Council, is bringing in U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) tonight for a bash at his house against the backdrop of the Nov. 4th special elections.
Kennedy is the son of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Aligned with Assemblyman Gary Schaer (D-Passaic) and mayoral candidate Dr. Alex Blanco, Lucianinis a former school board member, former Port Authority employee,and the son of Kenneth Lucianin, Sr., a retired police director and Passaic patriarch.
In his quest for a council seat, the younger Lucianin is running against lab technician Luis Santiago, North Jersey Local Residents Workforce director Jeffrey Dye, liquor store owner Giovanni Regalado, truck driver Diomedes Minaya, and School 11 vice principal Angel Laboy to fill the unexpired term of former Councilman Marcellus Jackson.
Jackson relinquished his council seat last year after pleading guilty to a federal corruption charge.
In addition to Kennedy, Lucianin’s eclectic guest list includes Robert Kennedy III, Roberto Clemente, Jr., and Uncle Floyd of Paterson.
On the eve of the Feb. 5th Democratic Primary, Lucianin hosted Hillary Clinton surrogate Robert Kennedy, Jr.