The Lumberton Township Committee Reorganizes on January 5, 2021, Committeewoman Gina LaPlaca was appointed Mayor and Committeewoman Rue Ryan was appointed Deputy Mayor
The Lumberton Township Committee Reorganized and welcomed Committeewoman Gina LaPlaca and Committeeman Terrance Benson to the Board last evening. In addition, Committeewoman Gina LaPlaca and Committeewoman Rue Ryan were unanimously selected as Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the year 2021. On hand to swear in the new Lumberton Officials was New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and State Senator Troy Singleton.
“I’m truly humbled by the overwhelming support that Committeeman Benson and I received from Lumberton voters and by the faith and confidence my fellow Committee members have placed in me to serve as Mayor. It is particularly significant to me that I have the honor of presiding over the first majority-female Township Committee in Lumberton history. I am committed to ensuring that all residents have a voice, and that our local government is finally a true reflection of who we are as a community” said LaPlaca.
Rue Ryan added, “It’s a true privilege to serve this great community and I’m honored to be selected by my peers to serve as Deputy Mayor in this historic year. What an amazing lesson to teach our daughters that we as women can persevere, we can rise above, and we can become leaders. Let’s continue to show the young women in our community that they too can continue to break those glass ceilings and fight for what they believe in. I believe in this town, I believe in the people of this town, and I believe in the causes this committee will fight for to make us an even better and stronger community.”
Newly elected Committeeman Benson added “I am proud to join these amazing women in leading Lumberton into the future. I would like to thank the residents of our community for giving us the mandate for greatly needed change. We will focus on serving the interests of the entire community and making Lumberton a better place to live and work.”