PATERSON, NJ - State, county, and local officials gathered in Paterson Wednesday to celebrate 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 at the event by Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver.
Murphy, Oliver said, was "more than pleased" to accept the recommendation of Democratic party Chairman John Curry adding background and work in the county and beyond made her more than qualified for the position.
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.
"I know as we enter into 2020, a critical year for many of us in this state and in this county, (Mack Pollock) is going to ensure that every eligible voter is given the right to vote," Oliver said.
"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."
Also speaking at the ceremony was Passaic County Freeholder Director John Bartlett who was the first to mention the historical significance of the appointment as Mack Pollock is the first first African-American woman to serve in the position.
"In the year ahead, we have some big decisions to make..." Bartlett added concluding that he was "incredibly pleased that someone with (her) 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.”
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