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Hello, my name is Yvonne Lopez, Assemblywoman representing the 19th Legislative District.
Two years ago, I had the great privilege of being elected to represent Carteret, Sayreville, South Amboy, Woodbridge and my home town of Perth Amboy.
I ran for the General Assembly because I am committed to improving the quality of life for the families of the 19th District and Middlesex County and I am proud to say that in the last two years, I have been able to address some of the critical issues facing our communities, by using policy to create change.
Under our revised school budget formula, each of our school districts will receive more funding from the state to improve the quality of education for our children.
Thanks to an expansion of pre-K funding, more kids will be able to access pre-K than ever before, putting them on the path to academic success.
We have passed equal pay for equal work, to ensure that women get paid the same amount as men for performing the same job.
Because no one should have to work several jobs to support a family, we have raised the minimum wage to $15 per hour and provided earned sick leave, so that workers don't have to choose between a paycheck and taking care of sick family members.
And to prevent future tragedies like the school bus crash that occurred last year in Paramus, I fought to protect our students by mandating the installation of lap and shoulder seat belts on school buses.
From bringing back more funding to improve water quality in Sayreville to providing more resources for transportation in South Amboy, I have always fought to ensure that our towns get their fair share of money back from Trenton.
I have secured funding towards a recreational complex for special needs adults in Woodbridge, for a state of the art performing arts center in Carteret and for historic preservation and sewer system enhancements in Perth Amboy.
Although we have achieved many accomplishments, so much more remains to be done. In my next term, I hope to.continue to address the high cost of student debt, introduce legislation to provide more access to.affordable housing for our seniors and families and most importantly I will work to ensure that New Jersey becomes a more affordable place to live.
I am honored to represent you in. Trenton and ask.for.your vote this. November 5th for myself and my running mate, Speaker Craig Coughlin, to continue the great progress in the 19th District and in Middlesex County.