Today, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Barbara Buono announced her selection of Milly Silva to serve as Lieutenant Governor candidate.
The Buono-Silva ticket is only the third all-female gubernatorial ticket in American history and the first in New Jersey. Silva has spent her life fighting to lift up those in need. For a decade, Silva has been a leading the fight for working and middle class families.
As the Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU, Silva was tasked with overseeing the region’s daily activities to ensure that its 7,000 workers earn living wage and businesses have a high quality workforce. "Milly Silva is a woman whose fundamental beliefs align with this campaign’s guiding principle – that a strong New Jersey doesn’t come from the top down but stems from a robust middle class," said Senator Barbara Buono. "That’s why today I am so proud to announce that she will be my running mate."
Raised by a single mother in the Bronx, Silva is the product of opportunity and quality education. In the seventh grade, she was awarded a scholarship to attend a prestigious middle school – an opportunity that enabled her to pursue her dream and obtain a quality education. She later graduated from Columbia University, becoming the first member of her family to obtain a college degree – on the back of loans, grants and a work-study program. She understands firsthand the power of opportunity the need to increase access to quality opportunities for all New Jerseyans.
“I am honored to stand with Senator Buono today as we embark on this journey to restore New Jersey,” Silva said. “Senator Buono has always been a strong advocate for our middle class and our working people, our women and our children and our seniors – and I am proud to be on the ticket with a woman who shares my values.”
Silva resides in Montclair with her husband, John, and their three young children.