SUMMIT, NJ - Democrats Susan Hairston and Marjorie Fox both launched their Summit Common Council reelection campaigns at an 'open house' event on February 23 attended by friends, family and supporters.

Running unopposed last November, Hairston was elected to fill the Ward 1 Council seat vacated by the tragic passing of Matt Gould. On Council, she currently serves as Chair of the Safety & Health Committee, is a member of the Law & Labor Committee, and acts as a liaison to the following community committees: Affordable Housing, Summit Public & Private Schools, Emergency Management & Shared Dispatch, Lackawanna Coalition, Labor Negotiations, and the Summit Public Library.

A fourth-generation Summit resident, home, Hairston served two terms on Summit’s Board of Education, including a year as President, during which time she led the search for a new superintendent after the retirement of Mike Knowlton. She was a Commissioner for the Union County Board of Taxation, a Governor and Foundation Trustee for Union County College, past Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Forum on Diversity, and former Chairperson of the Summit Municipal Democratic Committee (SMDC). She is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Center for Effective Philanthropy. She and her husband Jerome raised their four children in town and have been active members of Fountain Baptist Church for decades.

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“Using my expertise to help guide the effective running of our wonderful city is my honor and privilege," said Hairston. "Ensuring Summit is a place where we want to live and where our children and grandchildren will want to live is my aim and obligation.” 

Fox was elected to her Ward 2 seat in November 2017 and is the current Summit Common Council President, She served as chair of the Council’s Capital Projects and Community Services committee for two years, as well as on the Planning Board and the Board of School Estimate. She currently serves on the Council Finance Committee, Broad Street West Redevelopment Steering Committee, and the Economic Development Advisory Committee. 

Prior to her service on Council, Fox’s volunteer work included many years chairing Summit’s Recycling Advisory Committee. A former attorney, she has lived and volunteered in Summit for more than two decades with her husband, Jeff Naiman, and their two sons, who attended Summit Public Schools. 

"Since I joined Council in 2018, we have worked to improve the lives of Summit residents and to govern inclusively and transparently, while maintaining fiscal responsibility," said Fox. "If I am re-elected, I intend to continue to serve Summit with these goals in mind.” 

Each candidate has established a social media presence on Facebook and a website:

Susan Hairston - Facebook and

Marjorie Fox - Facebook and