Seema Singh Loses NJ State
New Jersey, Nov.. 10, 2007
Democratic Seema Singh lost to Bill Baroni, Senate Assemblyman
in the 14th District, New Jersey.
- Republican Bill Baroni score 44,000 votes
- Democratic Seema Singh score 19,000 votes
A negative media attention she had been receiving in the weeks
prior to the election. Media in New Jersey has been reporting on
alleged ethics violations by Seema Singh during her term as rate
counsel such as using a clerk as a driver and rehiring a retired
employee who was receiving pensions from the NJ State Government
at a salary of $125 an hour - paying her over $500,000 in 3 years.
Singh is first person to qualify in the state's Fair and Clean Elections
New York, June 15, 2007
NRI Seema Singh, 45, Indian American woman is running for state
Senate in New Jersey's 14th Legislative District, which is in Mercer
and Middlesex counties. She is THE first person to qualify in the
state's Fair and Clean Elections pilot programme.
The district has been chosen for the "Clean Elections"
public financing pilot program. Candidates are required to collect
400 $10 contributions to qualify for the program. She filed 400
contributions at $10 each to become a qualified candidate in the
- Each candidate who receives 400 qualifying contributions of
$10 from district voters will get a $46,000 grant from the state,
making a total of $50,000.
- The state will provide $1,200 for each contribution after that
up to 800, with the maximum total grant being $534,375. By taking
public money, they agree to forgo private fundraising and to abide
by spending limit.
Seema Singh said, "This is an important issue because New
Jersey is such a diverse state and Each community has their own
issues, their own way of thinking, their own culture and if you
don't have representation from all over then you are not really
representing the masses."
Seema resigned as ratepayer advcoate in April to campaign, said
she never solicited the contributions and she performed her job
without political considerations.
Seema Singh, former Ratepayer Advocate for the State of NJ and
the President of Asian Indian Chamber of Commerce and Founder of
the Asian Women’s Safety Net, look at this election as an
opportunity to extend her advocacy. When Seema Singh was an eighth
grader in Calcutta, India she worked in the leper colonies of the
Burnpur-Durgapur belt in West Bengal, under the guidance of Mother
Teresa. Ever since, she's dedicated her life to helping others
She immigrated to New Jersey in 1984 and got law degree from Rutgers
University and Seton Hall Law School. She practiced in the area
of international law with a focus on the Indian and Asian communities.