VERONA — On Tuesday night in a decisive win, Mikie Sherrill, former Navy helicopter pilot, federal prosecutor, and mother of four, became the Democratic nominee for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. Sherrill was the top vote getter in a crowded field of exceptional Democratic candidates finishing with more than 76 percent of the vote. Mikie will now face career politician Assemblyman Jay Webber in a top targeted race.
Speaking to a packed house of supporters, volunteers, and local community leaders — Mikie Sherrill made the following statement:
“Over the last year, the residents across the 11th District have stood up, spoken out, and built a movement and I’m honored to be their nominee. I’d like to thank all of the candidates, in particular Tamara Harris, whose advocacy and commitment to the people of this district is unwavering. The results tonight are a clear indication that our community demands new leadership in Congress that will put people over partisan politics and bring change as led by the people of New Jersey. Tonight, we took a pivotal step to make sure we are ready for the tough fight ahead.”
She went on to say, “We know our quality of life is at stake in the 11th Congressional District. Under the current leadership in Congress our families and our communities have faced rising healthcare premiums, a tax increase that singles out New Jersey’s middle-class families in particular, and unmet infrastructure needs that threaten our region’s economic future. We must send new leadership to Congress in order to find common sense solutions that put our kids and our future first.”
Mikie’s campaign started almost thirteen months ago around her kitchen table and from there she built an incredible coalition of grassroots activists, community leaders, Democratic elected officials and national Democratic leaders. In the last thirteen months she has been endorsed by everyone from local grassroots groups like Chatham Moms for Change to Vice President Joe Biden. Through this primary she has not only won the Democratic nomination but played a part in the retirement of 23-year incumbent and Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen. Mikie will now face Republican challenger Assemblyman Jay Webber in the General Election in November.