HIGHLAND PARK, N.J. – The Green Party of New Jersey has selected Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale as its 2017 candidate for governor of New Jersey. Kaper-Dale, a noted champion of social justice causes in central New Jersey and beyond, is the co-pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park.
“We are extremely proud to have Seth Kaper-Dale at the top of our slate of candidates in next year’s statewide elections,” said Julie Saporito-Acuña, Chair of the Green Party of New Jersey. “Through his sincere and impassioned devotion to ideals that the Green Party of New Jersey holds dear, we hope to focus the discourse of next year’s election cycle on the issues that other parties have neglected for far too long.”
Kaper-Dale’s formal introduction is set to take place at the Green Party Town Hall event featuring Dr. Jill Stein on Friday, November 4, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Conference Center in University Hall at Montclair State University. Kaper-Dale will be featured, along with other Green Party candidates and officials, before Dr. Stein’s town hall forum.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to share my vision for a more just and compassionate society with the people of New Jersey,” said Kaper-Dale. “My focus has always been toward those who have been left behind, oppressed, or neglected. I believe that when the last are prioritized, life gets better for all of us. I’ve seen that reality played out over and over in our ministry and our larger community.”
About The Green Party of New Jersey (GPNJ)
Committed to upholding, defending and promoting the principles of peace, ecology, social justice, and democracy, the Green Party of New Jersey is the statewide affiliate of the Green Party of the United States. With a network of active county-level committees throughout New Jersey, GPNJ is committed to the advancement of its core principles through grassroots initiatives across New Jersey and the recruitment of Green Party candidates to run for elected office at all levels of municipal, county, and statewide government. To learn more about the Green Party of New Jersey, visit their website at www.gpnj.org.
About Seth Kaper-Dale
A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Seth Kaper-Dale has been co-pastor of Highland Park Reformed Church for 15 years in partnership with his wife Stephanie. Since 2001, Kaper-Dale has led the Reformed Church of Highland Park to deeply engage in issues of community development and political action that focus on the most vulnerable members of our society. In 2006, Kaper-Dale created RCHP-Affordable Housing Corp., which in the past 10 years, has created housing for women aging out of foster care, homeless Veterans, re-entering citizens, justice-involved youth, chronically homeless mentally ill adults, refugees and asylees. In addition, Kaper-Dale has worked tirelessly on behalf of the rights of refugees, and is vice-chair of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, helping to lead an effort to end solitary confinement in New Jersey jails and prisons. Most recently, Kaper-Dale has spearheaded interfaith efforts around refugee resettlement, founding Interfaith-Refugee and Immigrant Services and Empowerment (Interfaith-RISE). Participants from approximately 30 local congregations — Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Buddhist so far — have joined together to help welcome victims of the world’s abuses into the region .Seth has been blessed by his wife and 3 daughters, his congregation, and the greater community, with many partners in the work of justice and love.