Montclair’s Mike Sherrill — a Naval Academy graduate, Navy veteran and helicopter pilot, former federal prosecutor, mother of four, first-time candidate — is now the Congresswoman-elect for New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, in a decisive, historic victory, defeating Republican Assemblyman Jay Webber.
Sherrill joins a record number of women elected to the House of Representatives, more than 100 in total; her win also marks the first time in more than 30 years that a Democrat will represent the 11th District in Congress.
“Tonight, we celebrate a historic moment, born of our deep belief in what we have to do to make America what it can be and should be,” said Sherrill, speaking in front of a packed house in Parsippany with more than 2,000 supporters. “I swore my first oath to support our country when I was 18 years old, and ever since that day, my confidence in our democracy has never wavered. Out of the cynicism, the distrust, and the attacks on our democratic ideals, we have found what exists inside all of us: the simple truth that we love our country, that we are no longer taking our government of the people, by the people, and for the people for granted. In fact, we are going to do everything in our power to protect it.
“Tomorrow, our work really begins: for health care that doesn’t make you choose between treatment and putting food on the table; for a tax code that makes it possible to raise a family and retire here in New Jersey; for infrastructure that ensures you can work hard and also make it home for dinner; for gun laws that make it safe to go to school, to the movies, and to a church, synagogue, or mosque. Now is the time to face these challenges and rebuild our democracy — to restore the trust in our government and our faith in our country. Now is the time for our country to come together.
“Serving this country has always been the honor of my life, and I pledge to everyone in this district, that when I stand on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, raise my right hand and once again swear that oath to my country, I will also be swearing an oath to every resident of the 11th District.”
Saily M. Avelenda, Esq., executive director of NJ 11th for Change, said in a statement: “After 24 years of being underrepresented, after years and years of having a representative who refused to hear our concerns, WE FINALLY HAVE CHANGE! We are confident that Mikie Sherrill will serve with these principles in mind.”