Without ever having held elected office, Shavonda Sumter of Paterson ran for N.J. Assembly and won. She took her seat in January 2012.
Sumter, who earned her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, represents the 35th Legislative District, encompassing Paterson, Elmwood Park, Garfield, Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park.
Sumter spoke in Lenfell Hall, invited to present in PublicMind’s “Politics on the PublicMind” series and as part of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s celebration of Women’s History Month.