Vowing to fight for affordable housing, education funding, tax relief, environmental protection and women and minority owned businesses, Linda Carter took the oath to join the New Jersey General Assembly on Thursday, representing the 22nd Legislative District in Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties.
“I am humbled and honored to be able to swear this oath and become a member of the General Assembly,” said Carter, a Democrat. “Now it’s time to roll up my sleeves and get to work in passing legislation to make New Jersey safer, stronger and more affordable.”
Prior to joining the Assembly, Carter was elected as a Union County Freeholder in 2010, and became the first African American woman to serve as the Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders in 2013.
“I know how hard Assemblyman Green worked in making housing more affordable in our urban communities, and I am committing to picking up that torch and making him proud.”
Carter is replacing the late Assemblyman Jerry Green, who passed away on April 18 at the age of 79.
She has previously served as a commissioner of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority, Commissioner of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and Councilwoman at-large for the 1st and 4th wards in the city of Plainfield, where she held the positions of Council President and Chair of the Committee of the Whole, liaison to the Housing Authority, Board of Education and Advisory Board and Chair of the Public Safety Committee and Neighborhood and City Services Committee.
Carter also has a career as a public school teacher in Passaic and was formerly employed by AT&T.
“I promise to remain passionate, engaged and to always fight for the 22nd District. While it is my great privilege to have the opportunity to bring lasting change to my home district, this is not about me. This is about the people of Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties, and I will never lose sight of that.”