Post Eagle Newspaper


Feb 27, 2024

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Gills Win Primary Elections

By Jim Dombrowski

NEW JERSEY – Essex County Commissioner Brendan Gill, a lifelong resident of Montclair and long time Essex County Commissioner (formerly know as Freeholder), won his Essex County Primary for Commissioner-at-Large. His real joy that day was seeing his wife win her Assembly race in the 27th District. Alixon Collazos-Gill ran on a ticket with long time Senator Richard Codey and Assemblyman John McKeon. The heavily Democratic District includes Montclair, Livingston and Clifton.  Winning the Primary is usually a forerunner to winning in November and the General Election.  The Gills who have two children received congratulations from Congresswomen Mickey Sherrill, who’s Congressional District also includes Montclair. Brendan’s dad is a Montclair High School teacher who has inspired his son and wife to always pursue diversity over self.  Alixon Collazos-Gill was born in Columbia and is a Rutgers University graduate. The mom and wife has always been involved with helping minorities realize their dreams in America. Upon gaining a seat in the Assembly with a win in November, she will become District 27th first Hispanic Representative.

Photo by Jim Dombrowski
Caption: Montclair Councilman Bob Russo & his wife Christine congratulate Alixon. Bob a long time political leader in Montclair served one term as Mayor in one of New Jersey’s most affluent and progressive towns in the state.Montclair’s business and restaurant district has thrived over the past 60 years and when many businesses and restaurants were fleeing to the Malls, Montclair held its own making Bloomfield Avenue a destination. The Montclair Film Festival is one of the best Small Town Festivals in the Country.


Photo by Jim Dombrowski
Caption: Long time Passaic County Democratic Chairman and former State Chairman, John Currie who endorsed the winning District 27 team, proudly boasted about the importance of Clifton and its 90,000 residents. District 27 which includes West Orange the home of Senator Dick Codey, and Montclair the home to the Gills, is represented by several Congressional individuals making it one of the States most important Legislative Districts. Congressman Bill Pascrell is also a longtime friend and ally of Essex Commissioner Brendan Gill. L-R: Alixon, Currie and Brendan.