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After having 74 surgeries in five years, with 75 coming up in April, Ashley Shaw remains hopeful there is light at the end of the tunnel. She wants to do it, but has not been able to. That really stuck with me.
Mildred C. Crump, newly elected to the nine-member Newark Municipal Council, is one of them. A teacher, she is taking a one-year leave of absence.
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Many other members hold salaried political positions or serve on boards that provide stipends to supplement their income, but Ms. Crump said: "I owe my best to the City of Newark and the people who voted for me. I owe them myself on a full-time basis. Being "one of the only" or "the first" is not new to Ms. Crump, who will be the only woman on the Council and the first black woman elected to it. Crump finished first among 13 candidates running for four at-large Council seats in the municipal election on May Because no candidate received a majority, a run-off election was held on June 14 for the top eight contenders.
Once again, Ms. Crump won the most votes, defeating the runner-up, an incumbent of 20 years, Donald Tucker, by 1, votes. She was defeated twice but never gave up. It's long overdue.
Born in Detroit inMs. Crump, one of only two black Braille teachers in New Jersey, says she never envisioned herself as a politician. She had planned to be "a rich and famous Portia of the bar. As a sophomore in college, she answered an ad in the school newspaper for a part-time volunteer to read to a young blind man. His use of Braille so fascinated her that she changed her major and graduated from Wayne State University with a B. Teaching Braille was a far cry from law and politics, but she says she loved what she was doing.
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She had an opportunity to help people and enjoy time with her family, and it even left time for community volunteer work. Crump says running for political office was not in her mind, but may have been in her blood. She described her father as "a political animal. Realizing how important it was to the success of the campaign to take care of the little details, I always preferred the grunt work to the spotlight.
What stirred her to move from behind the scenes to the front lines was watching the defeat of a close friend in a political battle and witnessing the lack of respect shown by many men toward female aspirants. I went home and said to my husband, 'How much money do we have? I'm thinking of running for public office.
Crump said, "and while we have helped every male politician achieve his political goals, we didn't feel that sense of empowerment for ourselves. The election of a woman Governor and a woman Mayor in a major city in the state of New Jersey helped us to realize that power.
Women have gone from having minimum goals for themselves to having maximum goals. Crump has been setting maximum goals for herself. As a volunteer she is the president of Habitat for Humanity, Newark Inc. Her vision of a Habitat Village in Newark is close to fruition.
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The organization has purchased land and completed eight units, enabling them to be returned to the tax rolls, and is working on an additional She is also a coordinator for a subsidized food program called Share Self Help and Resource Exchange. She also coordinates the government surplus food distribution program for Newark, in which 1, servings of food are provided monthly to needy families.
Crump says her concerns are children, the elderly and the handicapped. She said, "I have been an advocate forever, and I am going to strengthen that focus while I have the opportunity to serve as councilwoman. She wants to prevent youthful criminal behavior by working with the school system.
Her political agenda also includes creating an internship program at City Hall for two political science majors, each semester and in the summer, to enable them to learn how government works. Concern About Young Women. Concerned about Newark's young women, Ms.
Crump promised the voters to begin conferences for young women who need some direction in their lives. Crump says she also wants to help with economic empowerment through economic development programs. Despite her good intentions, Ms. Crump must still prove herself to the skeptics.
It didn't matter which one because I don't know any of them. Politicians only come to your door when it's time to get your vote, then you don't hear from them anymore. Who can even remember their names from one election to the next? No matter who's in office, we still can't get a tree cut, or a sewer unclogged, or a street paved, so while I wish her well, I won't remember her name until she does something ificant.
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Councilman George Branch wanted a woman to win also, but not Mildred Crump. I'm the only elected official in that ward, and we are terribly underrepresented. Mildred ran a good race, she won, and now we'll all work together.
Annie L. Brown, a North Ward resident and supporter of Ms. Crump's, doubts whether they will all work together. She can't do it alone and I'm not sure she'll get the support she'll need to accomplish her goals.
Mildred garnered the most votes in this election, but I seriously doubt that her eight fellow councilmen will make her president. Regardless of the odds or the difficulties she faces, Ms. Crump is excited by this opportunity to make a difference.
I don't think we can provide all of the immediate solutions to the problems that exist in Newark, but with dedication, hard work and commitment, we can be the catalyst that will make change happen. Has she any regrets? Only that her husband of 28 years, Cecil, her biggest cheerleader and best friend, died of lung cancer last year and never got the chance to see her take office.
She will be inaugurated on Friday.