PATERSON, NJ - A large gathering of New Jersey state, Passaic county, and local officials gathered on Wednesday for the swearing in of Shona L. Mack Pollock, Esq., as Passaic County Elections Superintendent in Paterson. Mack Pollock was appointed by Governor Phil Murphy, represented by Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver. Oliver delivered her remarks, saying the governor was "more than pleased" to accept State and Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie's recommendation of Mack Pollock for the post. "Shona, based on her background, the work she does with schools in Passaic County, outreaching to community groups," Oliver said, "I know as we enter into 2020, a critical year for many of us in this state and in this county, she is going to ensure that every eligible voter is given the right to vote."
"My goal as the Superintendent of Elections is to serve the County of Passaic with fairness and integrity... I can say with absolute confidence that I will do just that because of my team," Mack Pollock said after being sworn in. "To be clear, my team is actually your team. It’s our team because we all have the benefit of great leadership in New Jersey and in Passaic County."
Mack Pollock had previously served as Passaic County's Deputy Superintendent of Elections, Second Vice President and Co-Chairwoman of the Legal and Legislative Committee of the NJ Association of Election Officials, and Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Law, according to a statement from Passaic County.
"It should not be lost on any of us today, that with Shona’s ascension, Passaic County is making history, yet again: the first African-American woman to serve as the Superintendent of Elections," Passaic County Freeholder Director John Bartlett said. "In the year ahead, we have some big decisions to make..." Barlett said that he was "incredibly pleased that someone with your experience, principles, and savvy will be at the helm."
Senator Nellie Pou was present as well and said that Mack Pollock "has made it her mission to educate our community on the importance of exercising their right to vote, informing citizens of our democracy’s strongest component, in order to maintain its integrity.”
Prayers were offered by the Reverend John Givens, Imam Mohammed Qatanani, and Pastor Miqueas Nieves. Further statements were delivered by Assemblyman Benjie Wimberly (LD-35), New Jersey and Passaic County Democratic Committee Chairman John Currie, the Honorable Judge Richard Freid, Passaic County Administrator Anthony DeNova, and Passaic County Surrogate Bernice Toledo.
Other attendees from state, county, and local leadership included Nancy Everett representing Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-9), Deputy Superintendent of Elections Ron Fava, Deputy Freeholder Director “Sandi” Lazzara, Freeholders Assad Akhter, “Pat” Lepore, Terry Duffy, Clerk to the Board of Chosen Freeholders Louis Imhof, Passaic County Clerk Danielle Ireland-Imhof, Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik, Paterson Mayor Andre Sayegh, Paterson Councilwoman Lilisa Mimms, Paterson Councilwoman Ruby Cotton, Paterson Councilman Al Abdelaziz, Paterson Councilman Luis Velez, Clifton Councilwoman Lauren Murphy, Ringwood Councilwoman Kathleen O’Keefe, and former Paterson Mayor Jane Williams-Warren.
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