SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Municipal Democratic Committee (SMDC) has approved the party’s slate, consisting of five candidates for the November election -- three for Common Council and one each for State Assembly and State Senate.

The approved slate is as follows:

  • Marjorie Fox, candidate for Common Council, Ward 2
  • Matt Gould, candidate for Common Council, Ward 1
  • Beth Little, candidate for Summit Common Council, At-Large
  • Jill Lazare, candidate for State Senate, District 21
  • Lacey Rzeszowski, candidate for State Assembly, District 21

Fox, a former environmental attorney, has chaired the city’s Recycling Advisory Committee since 2009 and served on its Environmental Commission since 2005. She is a former staff attorney at the Rutgers University Environmental Law Clinic, representing New Jersey environmental groups in litigation and teaching law students.; and a former staff attorney with the City of New York, litigating clean water act cases and counseling city agencies on environmental compliance Fox also volunteers with the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School’s “Green Team.”   

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Gould serves on the Mayor’s Partnership for Public Art committee and on the board of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President of the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television in the U.S. (PactUS), a trade association for the content production industry. In this role, Gould works with representatives of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, and an array of state and local government officials.

Little, a former prosecutor who focused on child-abuse cases, has for nearly 15 years been active in youth- and education-oriented programs in the community.

As a board member for seven years of the Summit Education Foundation, Little chaired its fundraising committee and was part of the campaign that raised a $4 million endowment to support programs in the city’s public schools. She also has served seven years on the board of The Connection, and is a longtime volunteer with the Santa Claus Shop, which annually provides clothing, housewares and toys to more than 500 low-income families in Summit, New Providence and Berkeley Heights. She also has been an active parent leader of the Summit Sharks swim team and Summit Summies gymnastics team.

Little's candidacy means that current At-Large Councilman Richard Sun will not be seeking a second term. Sun, believed to be one of the youngest -- if not the youngest -- citizens to serve on Council, is reportedly planning on entering law school.

The Democratic primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 6. The Summit Republican City Committee meets March 4 and will announce their slate thereafter.