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A Mayoral Milestone

Mar/02/2024 / by Team Seema
Neena Singh

The election of Neena Singh makes history in New Jersey

Neena Singh has always believed that everyone should have a seat at the table. And after the most recent election in Montgomery, NJ, she’s taken one of her own. Elected as mayor of the township, she also becomes the first Sikh woman to be named mayor in the state of New Jersey.

“Today is a historic moment for our community and our entire state,” Singh said upon her election. “I am also incredibly proud of our township for, once again, breaking barriers and showing our state what inclusive, transparent and forward-thinking governance looks like.” In 2007, the town also named the state’s first Asian American woman mayor, Cecilia Xie Birge. 

Fluent in Hindi and Punjabi, Singh was born in India and earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English Literature from Kurukshetra University in Haryana, India. Emigrating from Canada in 1995, she has lived in Montgomery for 22 years, spending much of that as a real estate agent in the area. 

Her priorities as mayor will include public safety and health, particularly around pedestrian safety. She also remains committed to social equality. “I am also passionate about woman empowerment. That is one of my major priorities,” she said. “I have lived my life making sure girls know they are equals.” 

Political Progress 

When it comes to political representation, Indian Americans are having a moment. 

In 2013, only one Indian American was serving in the House of Representatives and fewer than 10 Indian Americans had seats in state legislatures. 
10 years later, Congress includes five Indian Americans and 50 serving in state legislatures.

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