LaMonica McIver

for U.S. Congress (NJ-10)

Portrait offor U.S. Congress (NJ-10)

Position Sought

U.S. House of Representatives (NJ-10)

Current Position

Council President, City of Newark

Date of Special Election

July 16, 2024


LaMonica McIver, the Council President of Newark’s Central Ward, has been a dedicated advocate for the community since her historic election in 2018 as the youngest woman to ever hold this office. As a current member of the Newark Municipal Council, her tenure is marked by a relentless commitment to addressing the needs and aspirations of Central Ward residents, focusing on enhancing public safety, improving housing conditions, and promoting economic development.

During her time on the council, LaMonica has spearheaded numerous initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life in the Central Ward. She has championed efforts to increase affordable housing, enhance educational opportunities, and support small businesses. LaMonica is also a vocal advocate for environmental sustainability, working to address the impact of climate change on Newark’s infrastructure and residents.

A proud product of the Newark educational system, LaMonica’s passion for public service was nurtured by mentors such as Mildred Crump and Ras Baraka. She holds a degree in English Literature from Bloomfield College and a master’s in Educational Leadership and Policy from Seton Hall University, blending her educational background with her governance expertise.

LaMonica’s career in the educational sector, including her role as Personnel Director for Montclair Public Schools, showcases her leadership and dedication to institutional growth. Her progression from a Future Business Leader for Newark Public Schools to pivotal HR roles across various public school districts reflects her adaptability and vision. Currently, she serves as a Public Affairs Manager at PSE&G.

In 2012, LaMonica founded Newark G.A.L.S., Inc., an organization devoted to fostering female leadership. Under her guidance, Newark G.A.L.S. has impacted over 3,000 young women through its initiatives.

Now, LaMonica aims to extend her service by running to become the first Black woman to represent New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District in Washington. She is committed to addressing the district’s challenges holistically, advocating for policies that promote affordability, equity, and environmental sustainability. LaMonica understands the interconnected nature of issues such as rising costs of living and climate change, and she is prepared to develop comprehensive solutions.