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WPCNJ Congratulates Endorsed Candidates for 2019 Election

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates the following endorsed women who were recently elected to office. These women proudly hold the mission of protecting reproductive freedom and promoting equal rights at the center of their platforms.  

WPCNJ looks forward to working with these elected officials in the upcoming year to bolster their efforts to improve the lives of women and families in New Jersey. 

* Gabriela Mosquera - NJ Assembly - LD 4 
* Pamela Lampitt - NJ Assembly - LD 6 
* Carol Murphy - NJ Assembly - LD 7 
* Jean Stanfield - NJ Assembly - LD 8 
* Joann Downey - NJ Assembly - LD 11 
* Serena DiMaso - NJ Assembly - LD 13 
* Verlina Reynolds - NJ Assembly - LD 15
* Nancy Pinkin - NJ Assembly - LD 18 
* Yvonne Lopez - NJ Assembly - LD 19 
* Annette Quijano - NJ Assembly - LD 20 
* Nancy Munoz - NJ Assembly - LD 21  
* Linda Carter - NJ Assembly - LD 22 
* Mila Jasey - NJ Assembly - LD 27
* Cleopatra Tucker - NJ Assembly - LD 28 
* Eliana Pintor Marin - NJ Assembly - LD 29 
* Shanique Speight - NJ Assembly - LD 29
* Angela McKnight - NJ Assembly - LD 31 
* Angelica Jimenez - NJ Assembly - LD 32
* Annette Chaparro - NJ Assembly - LD 33  
* Britnee Timberlake - NJ Assembly - LD 34 
* Shavonda Sumter - NJ Assembly - LD 35
* Valerie V. Huttle - NJ Assembly - LD 37
* Lisa Swain - NJ Assembly - LD 38
Holly Schepisi - NJ Assembly - LD 39
 
  (Italics indicate incumbent)
 

 

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Congratulations to WPCNJ Board members named on The 2019 Insider NJ OUT 100: The LGBT Power List

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates all the WPCNJ board members: Sonia Das, Eileen DellaVolle and Jeannine Frisby LaRue named on The 2019 Insider NJ OUT 100: The LGBT Power List!  Also noted among the list, a special tribute to those who have gone to soon, former WPCNJ board member Babs Casbar Siperstein.

To view list: https://www.insidernj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/LGBT%20Power%20List%202019.pdf

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WPCNJ Announces Endorsement of 38 Women Assembly Candidates for 2019 Election

Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey
Announces Endorsement of 38 Women Assembly Candidates for 2019 Election
 
 
Trenton, NJ - The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) proudly endorses 38 women Assembly candidates for the General Election this November. The endorsed candidates embrace and are committed to upholding WPCNJ's mission to protect reproductive freedom and promote equal rights for women in New Jersey.
 
"These endorsements reflect a strong showing of women candidates whose platforms are consistent with our mission," said WPCNJ Political Resources Director Shari Weiner. "We are pleased to endorse this diverse group of talented women who are ready, willing and able to represent all New Jersey citizens with their unique perspectives."
 
According to The Center of American Women (CAWP), women hold a mere 37 of the 120 New Jersey legislative seats, which is 30.8%. "Women make up more than 50% of voters, however, their elected representation pales in comparison," said Weiner. "It is incumbent upon organizations such as ours to endorse and support these women candidates and break that glass ceiling." 

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey Political Action Committee has made significant contributions to candidates in the 2019 election cycle. The WPCNJ PAC supports candidates that align with the mission of the Women's Political Caucus.  
 


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WPCNJ Calls for the Removal of Judges Troiano and Silva

Trenton, NJ – The Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) calls for the removal of Superior Court Judges James Troiano of Monmouth County and Marcia Silva of Middlesex County from the bench for their mishandling of separate and unrelated teenage sexual assault allegations.  

 

“Judges James Troiano and Marcia Silva failures to charge 16-year old alleged rapists as adults in unrelated sexual assaults cases involving minors are appalling. Troiano and Silva flagrantly disregarded the emotional and physical harm suffered by the victims in these cases, and instead appeared more concerned for the academic prospects of their attackers or the status of the attackers’ families.

 

Not only are their gross misjudgments an affront to the victims in these specific cases, but their decisions and comments send the worst possible message to victims of sexual assault – that your victimization may not be weighed as heavily as the good grades or good family of your attacker.

 

There is no place for Judges Troiano and Silva in New Jersey’s judicial system. We call for their immediate removal from the bench. 

 

WPCNJ commends the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey for overturning the decisions of Judge James Troiano and Judge Marcia Silva.

 

WPCNJ also supports the recommendations put forth by New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) Executive Director, and WPCNJ Board member, Patricia Teffenhart, which include training requirements for judges to ensure the unique trauma associated with sexual assaults is better understood and addressed within our judicial system.” (NJCASA Statement: Judicial Comments, the Justice System, & Responding to Sexual Violence | NJCASA)

 

WPCNJ, founded in 1972, is a chapter of the National Women's Political Caucus, is a multi-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected and appointed positions in government, protecting reproductive freedom, and promoting equal rights for women.

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WPCNJ Congratulates the US Women's National Soccer Team and Calls for Equal Pay

The Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey (WPCNJ) congratulates the US Women's National Team (USWNT) for their spectacular World Cup victory on Sunday.  The Caucus extends an especially heartfelt congratulations to New Jersey players Carli Lloyd, Tobin Heath and Julie Ertz.

 

 "With hard work, refined skills and dedication to the game, the USWNT proved once again what exceptional players they are, and most importantly, underscored the glaring need to achieve equal pay for women. Despite their continued success and proven ability to generate substantial revenue and TV ratings, the USWNT are paid significantly less than the men's national team.

 

Much like the disparity in women's soccer, in 2019 women in the United States earn 79 cents for every dollar earned by men.The wage gaps for women of color are even worse.This figure is representative of the uncontrolled - or "raw" gender pay gap, which looks at the median salary for all men and women regardless of job type or worker seniority.  (Source:  payscale.com)

 

The WPCNJ calls for equitable treatment and pay for the USWNT players and for all women in the workplace. It's far past time to reward equal work with equal pay."

 

WPCNJ is dedicated to increasing women's participation in the political process, increasing the number of women in elected and appointed office, protecting reproductive freedom, and creating a women's political power base to achieve equality for ALL women.

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Join Us Tomorrow: WPCNJ Women of Achievement PAC Reception

Women's Political Caucus of NJ PAC 
2019 Women of Achievement
Reception
  
Thursday, June 6, 2019
NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association  
126 West State Street, Trenton
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
 
 
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Join Us Thursday: WPCNJ Women of Achievement PAC Reception

Women's Political Caucus of NJ PAC 
2019 Women of Achievement
Reception
  
Thursday, June 6, 2019
NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association  
126 West State Street, Trenton
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
 
 
Please note print deadline for sponsor materials 6/4 

 

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WPCNJ-PAC Honoring Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver Recipient of the Spotlight Award

Women's Political Caucus of NJ PAC 
Women of Achievement
Reception
 
 Award Honoree
       
Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver  
Spotlight Award 
Thursday, June 6, 2019
NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association  
126 West State Street, Trenton  
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
Karin Elkis 
Senior Vice President, Optimus Partners LLC 
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award
 
Kate Gibbs
Deputy Director, ELEC 825   
Labor-Management Fund of Operating Engineers Local 825 
Carol Murphy Award
 
Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver  
Spotlight Award
 
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SHEILA Y. OLIVER
Sheila Y. Oliver took the oath of office as New Jersey's 2nd Lieutenant Governor on January 16, 2018. She is the first woman of color to serve in statewide elected office in New Jersey history. She was appointed Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs by Governor Phil Murphy.
 
Lt. Governor Oliver is a 40-year resident of East Orange, and a native of Newark.
 
First elected to the General Assembly in 2003, she became Speaker in 2010 - the first African-American woman in state history to serve as such, and just the second in the nation's history to lead a state legislative house.
 
She has chaired the Assembly Human Services Committee, and served on the Labor, Higher Education, Women and Children, Commerce and Economic Development, and Transportation and Independent Authorities committees. She also sat on the Joint Committee on the Public Schools and the Joint Committee on Economic Justice and Equal Employment Opportunity.
 
Prior to her election to the General Assembly, she served as an Essex County Freeholder, from 1996 to 1999, and was a member of the East Orange Board of Education. She alsoserved as an Assistant County Administrator for Essex County from 2000 until 2018.
 
An alumna of Newark's Weequahic High School, she went on to graduate cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Community Organization, Planning and Administration from Columbia University.
 
Lt. Governor Oliver began her career in public service as the Director of the Office of Youth Services and Special Projects for the City of Newark, where she focused on preparing young people ages 14 to 21 for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce. She later became the Development Director for The Newark Literacy Campaign while working at Caldwell College as the Coordinator of Career Guidance within the Educational Opportunity Fund Program.
 
She has taught college courses in Achievement Motivation, Non-Profit Management, and Pre-College Preparation, served as a consultant to a variety of non-profit organizations, and spent several years as the Director of the Essex County Division of Community Action, an anti-poverty initiative.  
 
Lt. Governor Oliver has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the East Orange General Hospital Board of Trustees, the United Way, the Newark Coalition for Neighborhoods, the Newark Collaboration Group, the Rutgers-Newark Educational Opportunity Fund Advisory Council, the Global Women's Leadership Collaborative of NJ, the Essex County and East Orange Committees on the Status of Women, Programs for Parents, and a number of other community-based entities. She has held memberships in the Women's Political Caucus of NJ, the NAACP, and the Urban League.
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WPCNJ-PAC Honoring Kate Gibbs Recipient of the Carol Murphy Award

Women's Political Caucus of NJ PAC 
Women of Achievement
Reception
 
 Award Honoree
     
Kate Gibbs
Deputy Director, ELEC 825 
Labor-Management Fund of Operating Engineers Local 825 
Carol Murphy Award 
Thursday, June 6, 2019
NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association  
126 West State Street, Trenton  
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
Karin Elkis 
Senior Vice President, Optimus Partners LLC 
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award
 
Kate Gibbs
Deputy Director, ELEC 825   
Labor-Management Fund of Operating Engineers Local 825 
Carol Murphy Award
Sheila Oliver 
 Lt. Governor of New Jersey   
Spotlight Award
 
Kate Gibbs 
At the cross sections of economic develop, business and organized labor you will find Kate Gibbs. The Deputy Director for the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative, ELEC 825, a collaborative trust focused on creating work opportunities for the members and signatory contractors of Local 825 Operating Engineers, Gibbs leads Business Development for the organization by promoting economic development and advocating for investments in all types of infrastructure.
 
She has established a strong record of shaping policy, building coalitions and implementing successful strategies and tactics that include political advocacy, government relations, communications and social media in pursuit of organizational goals. With her background in politics, public affairs and organizational management, Gibbs is uniquely suited to help ELEC 825 achieve its core objectives of growing the economy to create jobs for Local 825 members and its union contractors.
 
In November of 2015, Gibbs was elected to the Burlington County Board of Freeholders; becoming the youngest woman in NJ to be elected to countywide office. During her first two years in office, Gibbs served as Deputy Director before being elected in January of 2018, in a unanimous and bi-partisan vote of her peers to serve as Freeholder Director.
 
In this role she crafted and passed a tax-cutting budget while investing in a first of its kind $20 million school security grant program, creating a women's mentoring program, and ensuring that all County facilities, schools and libraries are equipped with dedicated, private space for mothers to nurse or pump.
 
Prior to joining the Freeholder Board, Gibbs served on the Board of Trustees for Rowan College at Burlington County, where she worked closely with the County's new Workforce Development Institute and played an active role in establishing the College's partnership with Rowan University.
 
Gibbs actively participates on boards and committees for various Chambers of Commerce and business and industry organizations throughout the entire State of New Jersey.  Gibbs earned her Master's in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Drexel University's LeBow College of Business, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a B.A. from The American University, with a Double Major in Public Communications and Political Science.

 

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WPCNJ-PAC Honoring Karin Elkis Recipient of the Barbara Boggs Award

Women's Political Caucus of NJ PAC 
Women of Achievement
Reception
 
 Award Honoree
      
Karin Elkis 
Senior Vice President, Optimus Partners LLC  
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award 
Thursday, June 6, 2019
NJ Restaurant & Hospitality Association  
126 West State Street, Trenton  
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
 
Award Recipients
Karin Elkis 
Senior Vice President, Optimus Partners LLC 
Barbara Boggs Sigmund Award
 
Kate Gibbs
Deputy Director, ELEC 825   
Labor-Management Fund of Operating Engineers Local 825 
Carol Murphy Award
 
KARIN ELKIS
Karin Elkis has been committed to serving the people of New Jersey for four decades. During that time, she has helped thousands of New Jersey residents navigate the complexities of State and Federal Government to solve their most pressing issues. She has been a Senior Advisor to three United States Senators and numerous State legislators, advised many of our State's Governors, served as government relations advisor to many of our State's leading corporate and non-profit entities, and served in leadership roles for numerous charitable and community service-oriented organizations.
During the early years of her career in government, Elkis served as Legislative Aide to New Jersey Assemblyman Martin Herman, where she managed the Third District office staff and advised the Assemblyman on legislative and policy matters.
Karin began her federal service in the United States Senate in 1983 and continued on a career path that led her to become Director of the Southern New Jersey Offices and State Director for three United States Senators - Frank Lautenberg, Jon Corzine and Robert Menendez. In this capacity, Karin served as a senior policy advisor on New Jersey matters, managed the broad range of constituent services throughout the State, and traveled regularly alongside the Senators managing their relationships with elected officials and corporate leaders.
Later in her career, Karin would return to State Government as Chief of Staff of the New Jersey Senate Majority Office. Today, she serves as Senior Vice President of Optimus Partners, a consulting and lobbying firm, based in Trenton, New Jersey.
In addition to her official governmental positions throughout her career, Karin has remained active in elective politics - having been involved with countless campaigns at all levels of government in New Jersey.
Karin continues to serve many charitable organizations, but is best-known for her dedication to New Jersey's Jewish community. She is a leading member or chair of numerous boards and commissions. 
Her recent recognitions include the Trailblazer Award from the New Jersey Leaders Council and the Women Who Get It Done Award by Pam's List. She is a Founding Board Member of Maria's Women United, a southern New Jersey women's Political Action Committee (PAC) in honor of the late Maria Barnaby Greenwald. In addition, she has been the recipient of the Evangelina Menendez Women's Trailblazer Award and the John Adler Advocacy Mission Award. Throughout the years, she has been named to various lists of New Jersey's leading female political leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg's annual Women Power List.
Many young people - especially young women in their first jobs - who have interned and worked under Karin have gone on to build successful careers of their own. She takes great pride in mentoring these young women and men and continues to provide guidance and support as they pursue their aspirations of becoming active leaders in their communities and the State.
She lives in Haddonfield with her husband, Steven Weinstein, Executive Vice President for Policy & External Relations at Rowan University. Elkis and Weinstein have four children: Jordan (and wife Janet), Noah, Lara and Asher. They are also the proud grandparents of Jackson, Ty, and Lila.
Elkis earned her M.S.W. from Tulane University and her B.A. from the Newcomb College for Women.
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