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Sumter to Chair Newly Formed Assembly Panel Focused on New Jersey Communities

Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) has appointed Assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic) to take the helm of a new committee that will prioritize improving New Jersey communities through legislative action.

The Assembly Community Development and Affairs Committee aims to address issues inhibiting revitalization, small to medium-size business growth, and create opportunities to help reduce wealth disparities.

“It’s time we take a deep dive into centralized conversations on what’s holding back our communities from thriving as they should be economically,” said Sumter (D-Bergen, Passaic). “New Jersey is a diverse state, not only in its people, but in its geography. Whether it is in our state’s urban centers or rural regions, we should be creating pathways for businesses, for our neighborhoods to develop in a way where everyone moves forward in the direction of success.”

On January 14 during the 219th Reorganization of the Assembly, Sumter was sworn into her 5th term as Assemblywoman. She will also serve on Assembly Law and Public Safety and Labor Committees.