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Donna Simon

Donna M. Simon (born March 25, 1960) is an American Republican Party politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the 16th legislative district since January 30, 2012.

Biography

Simon was educated at Kean College and the School of Cardiac Technology at Union County Technical Institute. She is trained as a cardiovascular specialist.[1]

Simon joined the Readington Township Board of Health in 2009.[1] She first ran for elected office in November 2010 for a seat on the Readington Township Committee and began her term in January 2011.[2]

In November 2011, Peter J. Biondi died two days after he was re-elected to his Assembly seat representing the 16th legislative district.[3] Simon was selected on January 19, 2012 as his replacement by a Republican Party convention of district delegates from Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset counties. She was sworn in on January 30, 2012 to serve for one year.[4]

A November 2012 special election was held to fill the remaining year of Biondi's term. Simon ran against the Democratic candidate, Marie Corfield, a Raritan Township art teacher who achieved fame for facing off against Governor Chris Christie at a 2010 town hall meeting.[5] On Nov. 7, a day after the election, unofficial results showed Simon leading Corfield by 1,700 votes, but Corfield refused to concede until all outstanding ballots were counted.[6] On Nov. 30, Corfield conceded after final results showed Simon winning by about 1,000 votes.[7]

Simon and her family reside in Readington Township.[1]

District 16

Each of the forty districts in the New Jersey Legislature has one representative in the New Jersey Senate and two members in the New Jersey General Assembly. The other representatives from the 16th District for the 2012–2013 Legislative Session are:

References

  1. ^ a b c "Assemblywoman Donna Simon". New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Readington's Donna Simon chosen to take the late Peter Biondi's 16th District Assembly seat". Somerset Messenger-Gazette. January 20, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Megerian, Chris (November 10, 2011). "Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi (R-Somerset), dies at 69, days after re-election".  
  4. ^ Wright, Terry (January 31, 2012). "Donna Simon of Readington is sworn in to State Assembly seat that Pete Biondi had held".  
  5. ^ Duffy, Erin (October 21, 2012). "Assembly candidates duke it out over taxes in 16th District".  
  6. ^ Brill, Douglas B. (November 7, 2012). "New Jersey Assembly race - Donna Simon-Marie Corfield - remains too close to call".  
  7. ^ Friedman, Matt (November 30, 2012). "Donna Simon wins tight 16th District Assembly race after opponent concedes".  

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