Gill Fielding an Assembly Slate for Democratic Primary
Senator Nia H. Gill, Esq. has announced her running mates for the June Democratic Primary election in the 27th Legislative District, Eve Robinson (D-Montclair) and Frank Kasper (D-Clifton). The new 27th District includes Montclair, Clifton, West Orange, Livingston, Millburn, and Roseland.
“Frank, Eve, and I are proud to reflect the rich diversity of the 27th District., said Senator Gill. For twelve terms in the Legislature, I have fought for the people’s right to transparency into how their government works and the decision-making processes that shape public policy, for accountability to guarantee our government answers to the citizens it serves, and to ensure that people can access the democratic process and have their voices heard.
Our team will fight for the issues that matter most to you, we will:
Guarantee reproductive freedom
Address the affordability crisis burdening our State
Provide affordable, accessible, and quality healthcare
Fully fund our schools
Keep our communities safe with sensible gun control
Protect our environment
Safeguard human and civil rights
Strengthen our democracy and elections
Promote sustainable economic growth.
We are committed to listening to and representing the many voices and interests in the community. Together, we can ensure that the 27th Legislative District and our State remain the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
“I am honored to be joining this ticket and looking forward to working alongside Frank and Nia to fight for the people of the 27th District,” said Eve Robinson. “I have lived in Montclair for 30 years, raised two children and remain an active member of the Montclair community. Nia asked me to join her in running for the Legislature because of my years of service to my community, Montclair, as well as my professional accomplishments in education, advocacy, and child welfare, and I was honored to accept.
“I served as Executive Director of the Montclair Community Pre-K. and currently am the Program Director for Grow NJ Kids. I have taught in higher education for over 20 years as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University in the schools of Social Work, Child Advocacy, and the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health.
“I have experience with managing small and large budgets, both in public and not for profit organizations and am a careful steward of public funds. I bring knowledge of infrastructure having managed a large childcare center facility and having served as Facility and Finance committee chair for the Montclair Board of Education. I am a current member of the Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Hospital Board of Trustees.
“I believe I will bring another strong, female, leadership voice to Trenton in support of many of the issues that Nia has already advanced and areas I have worked on such as professionalizing early childhood education, quality childcare, maternal-child health equity, and strong support of our communities and schools.
“I grew up in Trenton in a Jewish family that exemplified the values that I now hold; service to community, social involvement, and commitment (‘repairing the world’) and caring for children and families. Nia and Frank and I are a true reflection of the diversity of our 27th district and will bring access and a voice to all of the citizens in our community.”
“I’m excited to join this ticket and work with Nia and Eve to improve the lives of New Jerseyans., said Frank Kasper. “My family has lived in Clifton for over 75 years. I am running for the Assembly as a lifelong resident of Clifton and an advocate for education, supporting main street businesses, and fiscally responsible government. I am a graduate of Penn State, received my master’s degree from Montclair State University, and I am certified in K-12 Psychology, 5th-8th Grade Mathematics, Special Education, and Supervision.
“I am proudly involved in our community. I serve as Esquire for the Clifton-Garfield Elks Lodge and Chair of the Youth Activities Committee. I have taught for over 14 years, in every grade from pre-k to high school, with most of my experience teaching students with special needs. I served on the Clifton Board of Education where I successfully fought to keep the tax levy under a half a percentage point limiting the tax burden on our residents.
“I believe we must address climate change and find concrete solutions to problems like flooding, infrastructure, and energy sustainability. Some of the recent storms have flooded and damaged the homes of our neighbors and local businesses and we cannot continue to let this happen. We need to work with all the stakeholders to find sustainable solutions to these pressing issues.
“As a millennial, I know that today’s problems require solutions with tomorrow in mind and I am committed to bringing this underrepresented perspective while advocating for thoughtful, progressive, policymaking in Trenton. I will fight to protect and expand LGBTQ+ rights in housing, employment, and healthcare and continue to fight for equality for our community.
“I believe in a New Jersey where everyone has the chance to succeed and support their family’s future. Together, with this diverse ticket, we can continue to build that New Jersey.” said Frank Kasper.
Gill and her team will run in the Democratic Primary against state Senator Dick Codey, Assemblyman Tom Giblin, and Assemblyman John McKeon.
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