Hometown: Elizabeth, NJ
Top 3 Issues: Affordability; improving education; justice
Free-time activity: “I’m a foodie. I can go anywhere in New Jersey – and I actually travel the world while never leaving the state of New Jersey – trying foods and trying to learn new recipes. I think we have such a diversity here in New Jersey and I want to learn all the recipes from all the different countries.”
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I am Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, and I proudly represent the residents of Elizabeth, Hillside, Roselle, and Union in the 20th Legislative District, located in Union County.
I’ve represented the 20th Legislative District since 2008, when I became the first woman to ever.represent the district. I’m also a Deputy Majority Leader and the Chairwoman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee. I have been very effective with 66 bills signed by the Governor.
I’m asking my constituents for their support once again this November so that I can continue my work on their behalf to strengthen the economy, improve education, and advance the arc of justice for all people.
I’m a progressive champion on the forefront of economic reforms that have the potential to make life easier for working people and the middle class in New Jersey.
Together with my Democratic colleagues, we’ve put New Jersey on a path to a $15 minimum wage, passed equal pay for women, expanded and increased paid family leave, authored the nation’s strongest anti-wage theft bill, strengthened protections for first responders, worked to protect religious communities so they can worship without fear of violence.
Our residents also benefited from school funding aid, and all four of our towns received greater school funding. County college students in our district are also taking advantage of the free community college program, which just two years ago would have been out of their reach.
As the Chairwoman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, I helped made New Jersey a national leader in advancing social justice, which is a top priority for the people in our district.
When people aren’t treated fairly or are discriminated on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sex, or sexual orientation, it can negatively impact every aspect of their lives.
With inspired, thoughtful, and commonsense policy, New Jersey can be a better place to live, work, and raise a family.
I am proud of my progressive record of strengthening the economy for working people, improving education and advancing the arc of justice – but there is so much more we need to accomplish – and that’s why I’m asking my constituents to support me again in the general election on November 5th.