Rev. Trufant, endorsed Jason Salmon for NY Senate at a press conference on the steps of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn
BROOKLYN, NY – Today, Senior Pastor Reverend Anthony L. Trufant of 4,000- member Emmanuel Baptist Church, endorsed Jason Salmon for New York’s 25th Senate District, his first endorsement in over 30 years.
“I have known Jason Salmon for 20 years. When I first met him, he was an active member of EBC’s Youth Ministry. Since then, I’ve watched him evolve into the type of man, of whom I am proud, and public servant Brooklyn needs. As we face an uncertain future and certain historic problems that haunt the borough, I am confident Jason, if given a chance, will seize the opportunities and address threats, in ways which are equitable, creative, and effective,” said Reverend Anthony L. Trufant, Senior Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church.
“I am so proud to receive the endorsement of such a prominent and important figure in our community – Reverend Anthony L. Trufant. As a child, I always looked up to Reverend Trufant and his ability to bring comfort to our community even during troubling times. Now, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen him defend our neighbors, fight for issues that matter, and give a voice to our community. His deep ties to Brooklyn and visionary outlook has undoubtedly propelled us and our progressive movement forward. I am honored to receive his support and look forward to receiving his guidance as I fight for New York’s 25th State Senate District,” said Jason Salmon.
In addition to Rev. Trufant, Jason Salmon has secured endorsements of New York City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca and United Automobile Workers (UAW) Region 9A.
About Reverend Anthony L. Trufant
Reverend Trufant has served as pastor for 4,000-member Emmanuel Baptist Church since 1990. Rev. Trufant is currently a doctoral student in Servant-Leadership at Bethel Theological Seminary and a certified Conflict Resolution Mediator, Pastoral Counselor, and former Adjunct Professor at New York Theological and Auburn Theological
Seminaries. Rev. Trufant grew up in Chicago and San Francisco and is a graduate of Morehouse College and Colgate Rochester Divinity School.
About Jason Salmon
Jason Salmon is a life-long resident of Clinton Hill-Fort Greene and an experienced community organizer and activist. Born into a multi-racial family – his father is Black and his mother is White – Jason attended P.S. 20. In the summer of 2014, his life changed dramatically when his childhood friend was killed by the police. These tragedies drove Jason to serve as a community organizer and activist, and eventually as a volunteer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) and liaison to Communities United for Police Reform (CPR). Jason then served as a Community Liaison for Senator Velmanette Montgomery where, for nearly 3 years, he was in the front lines serving the communities of the 25th District.
Today, Jason is running on a platform centered on criminal justice reform, ending mass incarceration, advocating for police reform, fighting for equity in our education system and addressing the affordable housing crisis.