HAMILTON TOWNSHIP — Mico Lucide, an activist and member of the Green Party, has officially announced a run for one of the two General Assembly seats up for election this November.

Throughout his adult life, he has been a civic engagement advocate, an LGBTQ+ rights activist, and more recently, has been involved in various other human rights efforts through the Green Party, according to a party press release.

Lucide was a co-coordinator and volunteer for Atlantic County for Bernie, the local chapter of Bernie Sanders’s campaign for the Democratic nomination in 2016. He joined the Green Party toward the end of last year, and has taken part in various demonstrations and efforts supporting the people of Atlantic County, it stated.

Lucide’s platform focuses on reducing government waste, both economic and environmental, and putting the livelihood of all people as a priority in New Jersey’s government. A living wage, health care for all and reforming New Jersey’s spending and taxation to reduce the burden on typical taxpayers are at the forefront of his campaign.

“I feel like the government needs someone who comes from a background focused on fighting for people,” says Lucide, “Someone focused on showing up at the rallies and marching with the picketers, someone focused on educating the people about their rights and how they can exercise those rights, someone focused on bringing the needs of the people to Trenton and not giving up until those needs are met. We don’t need more business people, we don’t need more lawyers. We need an Activist in the Assembly.”

Lucide grew up in Egg Harbor Township, attended Stockton University for his bachelor’s degree in political science, concentrating in pre-law studies. He currently lives in Mays Landing.