5 Female Current & Former Elected Officials Endorse Adams & Cripe for Maplewood TC


Ellen Davenport, Kathy Leventhal, India Larrier, Mila Jasey and Garnet Hall will all serve as honorary co-chairs of the campaign.

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Three Democratic candidates are vying for two seats on the Maplewood Township Committee in the 2024 primary: Nancy Adams, Jamaine Cripe and Malia Herman. HistoryNusantara is accepting letters of support for candidates; see guidelines here.


Maplewood Mayor Nancy Adams and Deputy Mayor Jamaine Cripe have announced that they have received the endorsements of five current and former female local elected officials — and that those women are acting as honorary co-chairs of their campaign. The five are: former Mayor Ellen Davenport, former Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal, former Township Committeewoman India Larrier, former Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (27th district) and current Assemblywoman Garnet Hall (28th district).

Deputy Mayor Jamaine Cripe and Mayor Nancy Adams

Read the press release from the Adams-Cripe campaign here:

It’s fitting that just after Women’s History Month 2024, current and former female Maplewood elected officials will be the honorary co-chairs of the Adams-Cripe  Campaign Committee. Former Mayor Ellen Davenport, former Deputy Mayor Kathy  Leventhal, and former Township Committeewoman India Larrier join with recently  retired Assemblywoman Mila Jasey and current Assemblywoman Garnet Hall to join the  Adams-Cripe campaign team as honorary chairs!  

Former Mayor Ellen Davenport commented, “I endorse Nancy Adams and Jamaine Cripe for re-election to the Maplewood Township Committee. Nancy brings a wealth of  experience to her position. As Mayor she has shown her ability and willingness to listen  to members of the community. Jamaine is a motivated and involved member of the  Township Committee. Her experience as a community volunteer is an important asset  to the town. Together they have resolved issues before they became major problems.  This is an important aspect of leadership and governance. Good government demands  it and this team can do it.” 

Former Assemblywoman and Board of Education President Mila Jasey offered, “I have  known Nancy for three decades. She has always been dedicated to public service. She  is smart, persistent and collaborative. I value her commitment to environmental  sustainability, to inclusiveness for all parts of the Maplewood community and especially  to the welfare of our seniors.” Ms. Jasey added, “I am thrilled that Jamaine Cripe has  decided to run for re-election after her first term on the Township Committee. Jamaine  provides an irreplaceable link to Maplewood’s Seth Boyden neighborhood and  immigrant communities, constituencies too often left out of community conversations. She has repeatedly demonstrated her understanding of their needs and concerns and  her commitment to seeing that they are heard. She is committed, thoughtful, and a true  servant-leader.” 

Assemblywoman Garnet Hall observed, “Mayor Nancy Adams has been a vital part of  the community for decades. As a downtown revitalization expert, she devoted her  considerable skills to the improvements that have transformed Springfield Avenue. As a  passionate environmentalist, she spearheaded the single-use plastic ban and the gas  leaf blower restrictions. As Mayor, she has been a tireless advocate for gender and  racial equity. Nancy’s tremendous contributions to Maplewood have earned her my full  support as she runs for reelection to the Township Committee.” 

Former Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal offered, “The Maplewood Democratic  Committee endorsed Nancy Adams and Jamaine Cripe for this year’s Democratic  Primary Election on June 4th. Nancy is my friend. I know well her integrity, drive and caring. As our Mayor, she leads us wearing many hats: long time Maplewoodian, caring  neighbor and school parent, activist, expert in revitalization and strategic downtown  management, environmentalist, and, the hat I most appreciate – listener. Nancy listens  to learn and to lead! Jamaine is our Deputy Mayor. She serves in this position with an  open mind and a big heart; she is true and real. Their re-election will ensure continued  progress on the many promising initiatives of their current term.!” 

Former Township Committeewoman India Larrier, who served with Nancy Adams, said, “During my years working with Nancy as a Township Committee member, I saw the  integrity she brings to the position. Her passion for and unwavering commitment to  Maplewood and its residents is inspiring. She is “all-in” regarding the environment and  equity and keeps our township honest regarding these issues. Her desire to work  through disagreement toward mutual understanding and collaboration is an ingrained  part of her. These characteristics are what I saw shine brightly while serving with her. I  look forward to Nancy and Jamaine continuing this vital work on behalf of all Maplewood  residents.” 

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