New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community

Tracey L. Wells-Huggins is a candidate for Cumberland County Freeholder. An activist and a professional registered nurse, her goal is to bring transparency, honesty and tangible investment strategies to improve Cumberland County.

 

She began her path to community activism in October 2007 after her 14-year-old son was in police custody for more than three hours without a legal guardian present.  Soon after, she started Renewed Minds, a grassroots movement that provides parents and youth support programs. As a candidate, she wants to prioritize the importance and impact of community voice in government.  She also sees the opportunity for Cumberland County to take more targeted measures to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and to promote more equity in our communities. 

 

Currently she is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing at Wilmington University. In addition, she is seeking a degree in Divinity from Palmers Theological Seminary. She is an esteemed Social Justice Fellow of two of Georgetown Universities’ prestigious law programs through their Center for Juvenile Justice Reform: Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Youth in Custody. 

 

She is the 2014 Winner of the Natalie S. Bimel Award for Outstanding Community Organizer presented by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

Donna M. Pearson is a candidate for Cumberland County Freeholder. She graduated from Bridgeton High School, Clark Atlanta University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and from New York University with a master’s degree in Social Work.

 

Pearson retired after 28 years of service with the State of New Jersey; with professional experience in the areas of aging and community services, community organization, and child protective services. She also served as the Director of the South Jersey Office of the Governor and as the Director of Appointments in the Governor’s Office.

 

Pearson was appointed to Bridgeton City Council in 1990, elected to a full term in 1991and served as City Council President.  In 1997 Pearson was elected to the Cumberland County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  In 2003 Pearson was elected Director of the Board.

 

Pearson is a life member of the NAACP and of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. In addition, she is a member of Soroptimist International- Cumberland County, of Oziel Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliation of NJ, a trustee of The Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, Inc and the Southeast Gateway NRP Steering Committee.  She is a lifelong member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Bridgeton.

Jack Surrency is seeking his second term as a Cumberland County Freeholder. He was first elected Freeholder in November 2017 after a Democratic sweep.

Surrency attended Tuskegee Institute, where he studied Chemistry. As Freeholder, he pushed to fund Recovery on Wheels, which is a mobile bus for drug-related recovery services.

In addition, he has advocated tirelessly for funding for the homeless, the disenfranchised and the elderly in Cumberland County.

He served on the Bridgeton City Council from 2011 to 2017 and Bridgeton School Board of Education from 2002 to 2010.  He currently serves as Chairman of CompleteCare Health Network Inc.  He has also volunteered his services by serving on the Tri-County Community Action Agency Board, United Way Board of Greater Cumberland County and the Cumberland County RSVP Advisory Board, just to name a few.

Previously, he worked in the Office of Employment Training Workforce Development, where he was promoted to Human Services Administrator for Cumberland County.

He resides in Bridgeton with his wife, Sharon, and has two sons, Eric and Michael. 

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