218th Organization of the New Jersey General Assembly

It is an honor to take on the role for a second term as Conference Majority Leader during the next session. I looked forward to working with my colleagues as the Assembly Democratic caucus continues advocating for New Jersey’s working class, for New Jersey’s children and for the betterment of our state.

2018

Meet The Leaders: NJ 2017

Watch my interview on Meet the Leaders with host Alfred Bundy discussing pay equity, the disparity of healthcare delivery, affordable healthcare and other important topics facing the NJ legislature this year: Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter on Meet The Leaders

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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

 

[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