NEWARK, N.J. — Newark Mayor Cory Booker is officially vying for the U.S. Senate seat formerly occupied by the late Frank Lautenberg, a staffer on the Democrat’s campaign said Friday.
According to the staff member, the 44-year old Mayor planned to hold a conference call with supporters Friday and formally announce his admission into the Senate race Saturday.
Booker was expected to run after considering the position in an announcement last year and reported fundraising efforts. U.S. Representative and Democrat, Rush Holt, will also run.
Both Republican members, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone and former Bogota mayor, Steve Lonegan, have also said to be vouching for the Senator vacancy.
Governor Chris Christie announced this past week the party primaries will be on Aug. 13 and a special general election on Oct. 16. The deadline for potential candidates for the Senator seat ends on Monday.
Booker, who’s made a name for himself through social media and his unconventional path into politics, is considered the front-runner for the position.