Newark Mayor Ras Baraka headlined the host committee for a Sunday afternoon fundraiser for state Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-15).
Baraka and Watson Coleman were joined at Duke’s Southern Table in downtown Newark by a host of Essex Democratic politicians, including state Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-29) as well as state Assemblywomen Grace Spencer (D-29), Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-29) and Cleopatra Tucker (D-28).
Newark Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and Chris James, an East Orange councilman and the New Jersey Democratic State Committee Executive Director, were also present, as was organizer Michellene Davis, an executive vice president at Barnabas Health.
Watson Coleman is running against Republican Dr. Alieta Eck in the Twelfth Congressional District, which includes municipalities in Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties. She is seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12), who decided not to seek reelection.
More than $15,000 was raised for Watson Coleman’s Congressional campaign, according to a source.