Groundbreaking Latina Mayor Wilda Diaz Endorses Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina for U.S. Senate

Jan 31, 2024 | Press Release

“Patricia is most qualified to represent New Jersey and be a national leader on issues that matter to NJ’s major cities and the Latino community”

Califon, N.J.—Today, U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina announced that history-making former Mayor of Perth Amboy Wilda Diaz endorsed her campaign for Senate. Mayor Diaz was New Jersey’s first Puerto Rican and Latina mayor and served one of the state’s most diverse cities for over a decade.  She also served as the former Chairwoman and President of the NJ Urban Mayors Association and made history by focusing on economic development investment and public debt reduction which made Perth Amboy a model of urban redevelopment during her 12 years as Mayor.

“Patricia is most qualified to represent New Jersey and be a national leader on issues that matter to NJ’s major cities and to the Latino community,” said Mayor Diaz. “She has led policy advocacy for many issues that matter to our urban centers, from workers rights and union job creation, to economic investment in downtown small businesses centers. As a former Mayor, I always relied on her expertise for advice on how to advance economic growth for urban centers while still focusing on good job creation and opportunity for women and people of color. 

“As leaders in Washington debate critical issues, we need a woman leader like Patricia representing us in DC because she fundamentally understands the needs of New Jersey working people, our Puerto Rican and our immigrant community. She has always stood for the political representation of women in politics. Her run for US Senate is breaking down the cement ceiling in NJ for Latina political representation. 

As the first Latina Mayor of a major NJ city, I know the difficulties women of color face in NJ politics. Patricia has always had the courage to stand for us and support equal representation. I am extremely proud to stand with her as she seeks to elevate the leadership of Latina women in New Jersey and nationally,” concludes Mayor Wilda Diaz.  

“I am so grateful for Mayor Diaz’s endorsement. She has led by example transforming an urban city like Perth Amboy into an example of urban renewal. I am proud to have supported her efforts during the 12 years that she was Mayor in Perth Amboy. She led with distinction and vision promoting economic redevelopment while reducing the city’s debt. She is an inspiration to the next generation of Latina leaders” said Dr. Campos-Medina. “Together, we will continue to build a campaign for all New Jerseyans, so that our urban communities have a voice in the Senate that understands their needs. New Jersey voters  deserve a fighter for the bread and butter economic issues so important to working families.”

Campos-Medina has made her record as an advocate for working people and Latina women representation central to her campaign. She recently announced her support for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, tying her call for peace to her harrowing experience living through civil war in El Salvador as a child. In a video announcing her campaign, Campos-Medina shares her inspiring journey as a Latina immigrant woman and as someone who intimately understands how issues like the economy and jobs, war, immigration policy and economic community investment impact the daily lives of countless New Jerseyans and their loved ones.


Dr. Patricia Campos-Medina, a nationally recognized labor leader and community organizer, brings a wealth of experience and a proven record of expertise to her candidacy for the United States Senate. With three decades of dedicated service in grassroots and union organizing, electoral campaigns, government affairs, and organizational management, Patricia is a proven champion for working families. Her commitment to higher education and labor education is reflected in her academic journey, from earning a scholarship to attend Cornell University to achieving a Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

Patricia’s journey as the daughter of immigrant workers escaping civil war informs her dedication to championing education as the key to a brighter future. Her resilience and commitment to diversity and inclusivity stand as pillars in her quest to represent all New Jerseyans in the U.S. Senate. As a policy expert, Patricia has demonstrated leadership in national and state legislative campaigns, where she has tirelessly fought to protect the rights of American workers, ensuring their ability to join unions, advocating for workplace safety, affordable healthcare, and dignified retirements. Patricia Campos-Medina is not just another candidate; she is a Jersey Girl ready to restore integrity, accountability, and trust in our politics, fighting for the opportunities every working family deserves. Visit for more information.