It was a full house at the grand opening of the new District 39 Campaign Headquarters for Linda Schwager, Jannie Chung & Annie Hausmann. District 39, which includes Bloomingdale, Closter, Demarest, Dumont, Emerson, Harrington Park, Haworth, Hillsdale, Mahwah, Montvale, Norwood, Oakland, Old Tappan, Park Ridge, Ramsey, Ringwood, River Vale, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Wanaque, Washington (Bergen), Westwood, Woodcliff Lake, is considered an extremely competitive district and there is lots of momentum and energy with the great candidates who are all HUGE public school supporters.
Meet the NJEA Endorsed District 39 Candidates:
Linda Schwager: Linda is an attorney, retired teacher and two-term Mayor in Oakland, a town where she has lived for over 40 years and has raised her children. Linda has her BA from Queens College, MS from Brooklyn College and her JD from City University of New York. From her time as Mayor, to mentoring high school students, to practicing family and divorce law, Linda believes in the value of public education, and giving back to her community. She is also a Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustments member. During her “free” time, she has her own General Practice Law office located on Ramapo Valley Road in Oakland. She is admitted to the bars in NJ, NY, D.C. and United States Supreme Court. She was also a Municipal Prosecutor and Oakland Public Defender for four years. Linda was the past president of the Bergen County Bar Association and Women Lawyers in Bergen Bar Association. She also serves her time as a Pro Bono attorney for victims of domestic violence in Bergen County (AD
V) and the NJSBA Military Legal Assistance Program.
Jannie Chung: Jannie is a Councilwoman from Closter, a town she has lived in for close to 30 years. In a town that has a Korean population of over 20%, Jannie was proud to be Closter’s first Korean American elected official. As a small business consultant, Jannie trains, mentors and supports small businesses to create jobs and improve our economy. Jannie’s personal passions can be easily identified through the volunteer work she has done. She has assisted at free immigration clinics organized by the Minkwon Center, participated in the Volunteer Lawyer for a Day program with the NYC Civil Courts and has been a SCORE counselor in Bergen County. Jannie continues to do pro bono consulting for small business owners as well as contracts for a small financial firm. Jannie currently sits on the Public Safety Committee, the Human Resources Committee, Zoning Board, and Board of Health and is the Chair of the Public Works Committee. Jannie is also on Congressman Josh Gottheimer’s Women Advisory Council. Jannie is a loving wife to her husband Henry and mother to her six-year-old son, Remus. Jannie is committed to representing the most vulnerable and underrepresented members of our community by advocating for proper school funding, affordability for our young adults and seniors, sustainability for small business owners and protecting our working middle class families. Jannie believes in a values-driven campaign executed through common sense politics which includes affordable and quality healthcare, women’s reproductive health, providing livable wages and improving access to employment through transportation infrastructure.
Annie Hausmann: Growing up in the hous
ing projects of the South Bronx and Staten Island, Annie Hausmann learned to listen and navigate different opinions early in her life. Annie began her career early on with the unexpected passing of her father when she was 17. A temp job at a trading desk turned into a management position on Wall Street. After her move to Norwood, NJ in 1996, Annie began volunteering for local charities including the Women’s Rights and Information Center, Journey for Change and Spring House for Women. She was an Executive Board member and President of the Parent Association at The Norwood Public School. Annie serves on the board of trustees for the Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation and has chaired their annual fundraiser, raising over three million dollars. Today, Annie is running for NJ State Assembly to have an impact on the issues that she is passionate about. Annie has the right priorities; she knows the value of a hard day’s work and that family always comes first. Annie is dedicated to providing a better education for our children, regaining control over the opioid epidemic as well as reinstating money in the state budget for Women’s Reproductive Health Care.
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Bergen County Democratic Committee Chairman Lou Stellato, Bergen County Freeholders Tracy Zur, Tommy Sullivan, Mary Amoroso, Germaine Ortiz, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto & Congressman Josh Gottheimer were on hand to lend their support at the grand opening. On numerous occasions, the candidates discussed our great public schools and noted their support for teachers. The BCEA was thanked for their involvement and support.