Mayor Sadaf Jaffer is running for Assembly to continue her life’s work – she will apply her experience as a public servant, activist, and scholar to raise the voices of not just residents of LD 16, but also of those who have been historically disconnected from the political process in the state.
If elected, Sadaf will be the first Asian American woman and first Muslim in the state legislature.
Sadaf recently completed two terms as mayor of Montgomery Township, New Jersey. In January of 2019, she became the first South Asian woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in New Jersey, and the first Muslim woman to serve as mayor of a municipality in the United States. Sadaf is a barrier breaker by nature, and her nomination to the Assembly would be a continuation of this pattern – she would become the first Asian American and the first Muslim American elected to the NJ legislature.
Sadaf is also a Postdoctoral Research Associate in South Asian Studies at Princeton University where she teaches courses on South Asian, Islamic, and Asian American Studies. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and obtained her PhD from Harvard University.
Sadaf is building a campaign centered on progressive values rooted in her scholarly background and propensity for independent thinking. As Mayor of Montgomery, Sadaf relied on this very background to respond to issues like the COVID-19 crisis and racial justice by enacting policies and community discussions based on science and facts rather than fear and misinformation.
Sadaf’s public service does not stop at Montgomery – she has fought for Democratic values and diverse representation on the state level as well. She was recently elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Sadaf also serves on the Board of Directors for The New Agenda, an organization that promotes women's economic empowerment and combats sexual harassment and sexual assault. She was one of the founding members of Inspiring South Asian American Women (ISAAW), a group dedicated to encouraging civic engagement among South Asian American women in New Jersey.
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