Jennifer Williams’ bid for the North Ward seat on the Trenton City Council and to become the first openly transgender elected official in New Jersey, has won the backing of LGBTQ Victory Fund.
The group helps provide financial resources and other help to LGBTQ people seeking public office.
“Jennifer’s commitment to finding smart policy solutions to Trenton’s needs through public input and respectfully asking the tough questions makes her the best candidate to represent the North Ward,” said Annise Parker, the president and CEO of the organization and a former mayor of Houston. “When she wins in November, Jennifer will bring a unique and important perspective to Trenton’s City Council and she’ll ensure that all residents are considered when policy decisions are made.”
Williams is the Trenton Republican municipal chair.
She faces three opponents in the November non-partisan municipal election: Merkle Cherry, the city’s former public works director; Algernon Ward, Jr., a local celebrity who played in a band called The Meditators; and Divine Allah, a controversial supporter of embattled Council President and mayoral candidate Kathy McBride.
The incumbent, three-term Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson, is not seeing re-election.