SUMMIT, NJ - Republican Kirsten McCumber kicked off her campaign for Summit Common Council Ward 2, joined by a group of over 50 supporters which included State Senator Tom Kean Jr. and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz.

“The McCumber motto is, ‘if you’re not serving, you’re slacking’,” said McCumber. “I am running for Council to help steer Summit through the challenges and changes that lie ahead. It is so important to preserve the character of our small city and ensure that we have a safe, vibrant community for this generation and beyond. Summit’s future is bright and the best is yet to come.”

McCumber, her husband and their two daughters have been Summit residents for 14 years. Her mother was a public-school teacher for over 40 years and passed along what McCumber terms as "wholesome, volunteer values." She has served as reporter for Money Magazine, a volunteer patient advocate, dedicated herself to Kent Place School as a parent liaison, and Class Mom, while also volunteering for the Continuo Arts Foundation and the New Jersey Dance Theater Ensemble. Currently, she serves as a group leader at Renaissance Church in Summit.

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McCumber has established a social media presence on Facebook as well as campaign website located at

Current Ward 2 Councilman Steve Bowman said, “This year’s Republican candidates for Council, Kirsten McCumber and Eileen Kelly, represent some of the best that our community has to offer. Their diverse backgrounds, energy, and passion for this community are exactly the shot in the arm our City government needs right now. I am excited to work with Kirsten and Eileen. They have my full support.”

'Virtual Convention' Nominates Slate

The Summit Republican City Committee hosted a virtual nominating convention March 21 with more than 50 dedicated committee members, elected officials, and friends 'in attendance'. 

Senator Tom Kean and Assemblywoman Nancy Muñoz gave an update on the legislature's comprehensive response to help the state take on COVID-19. The committee then moved to unanimously nominate two candidates for Common Council: Eileen Kelly for Ward 1 and Kirsten McCumber for Ward 2. 

"Over the months and likely years ahead, the City of Summit must be prepared to tackle a wide range of unprecedented challenges," said Summit Republican Chair Steven Spurr. "We are proud to have gathered in these uncertain times and together nominated such talented candidates for Common Council. Strong and capable leadership is needed more than ever, and we believe both Eileen Kelly and Kirsten McCumber are capable of rising to the occasion."