National Voter Registration Day 2016

voter-registrationNational Voter Registration Day is a national effort to get as many people registered to vote as possible. The goal is not to advocate on behalf of a candidate or party, but to make sure that people have access to voting. Celebrate democracy! #CelebrateNVRD

Nearby Events:

  • Stop by the 35th District Legislative District Office
    181 Market Street, Paterson NJ 973-925-7061
  • Voter Registration at Union Public Library September 27, 2016 • 10:00 AM Union Public Library 1980 Morris Avenue Union, NJ 07083
  • Give Voice to Your Community September 27, 2016 • 6:00 PM Plainfield High School 950 Park Avenue Plainfield, NJ 07060 Get Details & RSVP

Register to Vote Online:
http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/voting-information.html

Print a Voter Application to Mail In:
http://www.state.nj.us/state/elections/form_pdf/voter-regis-forms/76-voter-registration-english-passaic.pdf

Paterson Press letter: Assembywoman condems school budget cuts

As seen on NorthJersey.com – (http://www.northjersey.com/news/paterson-press-letter-assembywoman-condems-school-budget-cuts-1.1652675)

Dear Editor,

At the beginning of a new school year, excitement should fill the atmosphere.  Over the past several years, Paterson Public School students, parents and teachers have mostly felt anxiety as a result of substantial administrative changes. This time these changes impact the safety of staff and students.

These latest rounds of cuts to security, transportation and custodial services announced in August are, truthfully, obscene.

There are many Paterson school buildings that have a demonstrated need for security.  The need was amplified last term when a person took refuge in a school building to avoid an attack.  Security locked down the school to protect teachers and students.  Yet, it’s security that made it on the budget chopping block.

Another overhaul of transportation will leave countless students in the Choice Schools and Academies programs without a bus to deliver them safely to school. The programs were encouraged by the superintendent and state in recent years; however, this year they are cutting transportation for these students.  In addition, our facilities are identified as some of the oldest buildings in the state, but custodial services for maintenance were slashed too.

It is unfathomable how these decisions were determined and how they fail to consider the security of our students and faculty.  The safety and well-being of our children must remain a priority in administrative decisions.  Paterson Public School administration should make a request for emergency funding from the State Department of Education immediately.

State control of Paterson school district has proven ineffective, detrimental and wasteful.  It is time for the return of local control which will allow our elected Board of Education commissioners, parents, faculty and students to lean in and create a healthy educational system for all.

Unfortunately, another school year has been branded with chaos before the school doors open.

Respectfully yours,

Shavonda Sumter

 

Fall 2016 Speaker Series: A Conversation With Assemblywoman Sumter

Fall Series

Tuesday, Sept 20 at Hidden Ground (Hidden Grounds, 4C Easton Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901), come out to the Fall 2016 Speaker Series. I will be discussing the importance of getting involved and voting in the 2016 general election.

To RSVP to this event, visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/630034953832208/

[Influencers] N.J.Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter is On a Mission

As seen on Ebony.com

“Tackling tough political issues seems to come naturally for New Jersey State Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter. She’s been in office just four years, yet her optimism and her results make you want to believe in the political process.

Her key projects are complex ones, including pushing for uniform access to mental health care, raising the minimum wage for workers, ending discriminatory hiring practices and offering urban centers some modicum of protection from state takeovers.

The work sounds daunting but the Paterson, New Jersey native says making a difference, as cliché as that sounds, is why she entered politics. “My godmother, former Assemblywoman Elease Evans, served in office [30 years] and was ready to retire,” says Sumter, 42. “She was adamant that there was someone coming behind her to carry the torch and to carry on the work of the people and that was the genesis of me wanting to get into politics.”

Read more at EBONY http://www.ebony.com/news-views/shavonda-sumter-new-jersey#ixzz4B7FudVyY

NJ Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Nominated for EMILYs List’s Rising Star Award

 

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2016

 New Jersey Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter Nominated for EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced that Shavonda Sumter, New Jersey assemblywoman, is a 2016 nominee for its Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.

Named in honor of the dedicated and courageous Gabrielle Giffords, the Rising Star Award celebrates an extraordinary woman serving in state or local office. The award honors a woman who demonstrates the sort of commitment to community, dedication to women and families, and determination and civility that have been the highlights of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ career, in and out of office. Previous Rising Star Award recipients include Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2014 and Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley in 2015.

EMILYSLISTRISINGSTAR“Shavonda Sumter is a progressive leader who knows how to get things done,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List. “Her effective legislating and endless efforts in protecting marginalized communities is reflective of the kind of leader that this state needs. The EMILY’s List community couldn’t be prouder to nominate Sumter, a leader with passion and determination, for the Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award.”

Shavonda Sumter began serving in the New Jersey legislature in 2012, where she provides a steady demeanor that proves invaluable in advancing an agenda to help her constituency. She is an effective legislator representing both urban and suburban communities. She advocates for progressive principles that include increasing the minimum wage, ending discriminatory hiring practices, and improving access to mental health treatment. The NJ Auditor named her the most prolific legislator for having the most signed bills by the governor in 2014. Sumter legislates with compassion and is committed to working through the state’s tough challenges with integrity.

The Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award winner will be chosen with community input. Online voting can be found here: Vote for the 2016 Rising Star.

Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter is nominated alongside:

  • Stephanie Chang, Michigan State Representative
  • Kathleen Clyde, Ohio State Representative
  • Crisanta Duran, Colorado State House Majority Leader
  • Leanne Krueger-Braneky, Pennsylvania State Representative
  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Bernalillo County Clerk in New Mexico

EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $400 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political organizations ever. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research women’s issues, and turn out women voters. We’ve trained over 9,000 women to run, and helped elect over 100 women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 11 governors, and over 700 to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, almost one-third of the candidates EMILY’s List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color – including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic Congresswoman currently serving.

Press Contact: Rachel Thomas 202-326-1400 press@emilyslist.org

 

 

Important Dates to Remember for Voter Registration

Go-Vote-500x500Here are a few dates to keep in mind as as we approach the November 3, 2015 election:

The voter registration deadline is Tuesday, October 13th, 2015. If you have not voted since the 2012 Presidential election, you may no longer be registered to vote. If you’re unsure click here: Am I Registered?

Registering to vote is easy. Print out this voter registration form, fill it out and mail it in! No postage is required for this form.

The deadline to apply by mail for a Vote by Mail Ballot for the General Election is  Tuesday, October 27, 2015. Print out this voter registration form, fill it out and mail it in! No postage is required for this form.

On Saturday, October 31, 2015 there are special Saturday hours for mail in ballots at the Paterson Clerk’s Office at 401 Grand Street Room 113. Please drop off your application between the hours of 8am – 1pm. The deadline for in-person mail in ballots is Monday, November 2, 2015.

Celebrate Democracy; Go Vote November 3, 2015!

Assemblywoman Sumter on Cablevision’s Meet the Leaders

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I sat down with Cablevision’s @DebbieDuHaime for a look at the state’s juvenile justice system and legislation aimed at encouraging rehabilitation, the Supreme Court’s pension ruling and teacher layoffs in Paterson.

Watch Meet the Leaders with Debbie DuHaime

Sumter & Wimberly: Veto Decision, No Surprise

(TRENTON) – Assembly Democrats Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly (Both D- Bergen and Passaic) on Thursday said Governor’s budget line item veto of additional Paterson school state aid comes as no surprise:

“The veto is disappointing, but I’m not surprised by the Governor’s action,” said Sumter, who is Assembly Majority Conference Leader. “It’s very clear today that funding education is not as critically important to this administration as it is to many in New Jersey. More now than ever, we will continue the fight in Trenton to relieve taxpayer burdens and improve education for all students.”

“The Governor had an opportunity to set right wrongs done to our education system, instead he fumbled,” said Wimberly. “It is not possible to improve education without the sufficient aid to do so. Nearly 300 Paterson teachers and teachers’ aides either have been laid off or are facing lay-offs this year.  How does a state controlled school district get out from under the thumb of state government without proper resources and funding? Simple answer, they can’t.”