Jennifer Williams endorsed for Trenton City Council by LGBTQ+ Victory Fund

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Trenton City Council member Jennifer Williams is endorsed by LGBTQ+ Victory Fund in 2024

The LGBTQ+ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ people to public office, endorsed Trenton North Ward Councilwoman Jennifer Williams for election to Trenton City Council. The endorsement signals Victory Fund’s confidence that Williams is well-positioned to win her council re-election race and will continue to be a strong voice for equality as she serves in office to represent the North Ward.

Williams is the first out LGBTQ person on the Trenton City Council and the first transgender person elected to office in New Jersey. The national organization endorses Williams as a strong voice for equality and good government.

“LGBTQ+ Victory Fund is pleased to endorse Jennifer Williams for re-election to Trenton City Council,” said Mayor Annise Parker, President & CEO of LGBTQ+ Victory Fund. “Over Jennifer’s first 17 months, she has shown that her proven commitment to finding fair and 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 for the next four years.

“When she wins in November, Jennifer will continue being a strong leader for her constituents on Trenton City Council while working to ensure that every Trentonian is considered when policy decisions are made. Jennifer made history with her first election in 2022, becoming the first out LGBTQ person to ever serve on Trenton city council, and will continue to do so with her re-election for a full four-year term.”

LGBTQ people remain severely underrepresented in government nationwide — holding just 0.2 percent of elected positions despite representing at least 7.2 percent of the U.S. population, according to LGBTQ+ Victory Institute. As an out-LGBTQ leader, Williams will continue to be an unwavering voice for all Trentonians, said the Victory Fund. Williams will work for equality for everyone on Trenton City Council.

In her first term, Williams has focused some of her efforts on quality-of-life issues; reducing poverty and environmental stressors; making quality affordable housing for everyone; creating more minority-owned businesses; improving downtown Trenton; addressing healthcare disparities; reconstituting the North Ward Citizens Police Advisory Council; and bringing technology and internet access to more seniors. In 2023, she also spearheaded the creation of a historical marker acknowledging the 55th Anniversary of the 1968 Riot in downtown Trenton while honoring peace makers who tried to quell the violence.

Williams will continue to focus efforts on bringing more development and jobs to Trenton, she said. She will work on creating better living conditions for every neighborhood; increasing access to affordable housing and home ownership; ensuring Trenton Water Works delivers clean water; bettering the downtown business environment; and improving conditions along and around the Route 1 Expressway in Trenton.

City Council candidate Williams stated, “I am grateful and honored to be endorsed by such an important and prestigious organization as the Victory Fund. Their endorsement makes evident their trust and belief in my past performance as North Ward City Councilwoman and our campaign’s ability to win my re-election, as well as their understanding of how important this election is to Trenton’s future and the equality of all Trentonians — no matter what they look like, who they are, or where they live. Trenton and the North Ward are getting better each day and we need to win once more in ’24!”

Victory Fund will promote Williams’s endorsement among its hundreds of thousands of supporters nationwide. More information about Victory Fund can be found at victoryfund.org