ROSELLE, NJ — Roselle Council members named resident Isabel Sousa as their choice to replace the vacant First Ward seat at their January 27, special council meeting. The First Ward seat had previously been held by Councilwoman Denise Wilkerson who was elected to Council-at-Large in the November Election. 

Sousa has a background in education with 25 years of working with the Elizabeth Public schools. Her two adult children have also followed in her footsteps to become teachers. Sousa earned a Master of Arts degree in Teaching and holds a School Supervisor Certificate as well as a Teacher of English as a Second Language Certificate. 

"We have a beautiful community full of beautiful people who are ready and willing to work together to help Roselle move forward,” said Sousa. “We are all in this together, and I am so proud of calling the first ward my home.” 

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Sousa is Portuguese-American and arrived in the United States with her parents and sister in 1968. Later, as a single parent, she moved to Roselle’s First Ward and began getting involved in the community and joined the First Ward Action Committee and went on to be appointed to the Union County Transportation Advisory Committee and currently serves as a Board Trustee in her association. 

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