Community activist Omar Dyer, a veteran of Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and a leader in the effort to recall Jersey City Mayor Jeremiah Healy, became the Reform Party’s candidate for United States Senate. Dyer’s calls for political unity and his promise to end partisan bickering struck a chord with many Reform Party activists; he criticized both major parties based upon his experiences dealing with the Hudson County political machine. His website will be announced soon.
Other federal and local candidates will be announced in the next month.
Presidential candidate Andre Barnett, a fitness personality and entrepreneur from New York also addressed the convention. Mr. Barnett is considered one of the front-runner’s for the party’s nomination, competing against former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer, who recently abandoned the GOP to seek the nomination of Americans Elect and the Reform Party. Mr. Barnett defeated Governor Roemer will seventy percent of the vote during the convention’s straw poll.
Also, Carl Bergmanson, former Mayor of Glen Ridge, spoke about the necessity of more competitive elections.
It does not seem that Governor Buddy Roemer attended the convention.