Shavonda E. Sumter

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Shavonda E. Sumter (born January 19, 1974) is an American Democratic Party politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012, representing the 35th Legislative District.


Sumter was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the daughter of Charles and Bonnie Williams. She attended public and private schools in Paterson, Prospect Park, and Haledon. She graduated from Kean University in 1996 with a B.A. degree in political science. She earned an M.B.A. degree in health care administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Sumter has worked in health services and currently serves as Director of Behavioral Health Services at Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge.[1]

Sumter has served on the New Jersey Democratic State Committee since 2008.[2] In 2010, Sumter was the campaign manager for Jeffery Jones in his successful campaign for Mayor of Paterson.[1]

In the 2011 legislative elections, there were two open Assembly seats in the 35th District, after Nellie Pou decided to run for the State Senate and Elease Evans retired. Sumter and her running mate, Benjie E. Wimberly, defeated the Republican candidates, William Connolly and Donna Puglisi. She was sworn in on January 10, 2012.[3]

District 35[edit]

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 35th District for the 2012-2013 Legislative Session are:


  1. ^ a b "Bio". Shavonda Sumter for Assembly. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Assemblywoman Shavonda E. Sumter". New Jersey Legislature. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  3. ^ "Turnover in N.J. Legislature is slight". Asbury Park Press. 2012-01-10. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 

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