Celeste Riley

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Celeste Riley
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New Jersey General Assembly District 3
Incumbent
In office
2009 - Present
Term ends
January 12, 2016
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
AppointedMarch 7, 2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sLaSalle University
Master'sDrexel University
Personal
BirthdayFebruary 4, 1960
Place of birthCumberland County, NJ
ProfessionTeacher, Morris Goodwin Elementary School
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Celeste M. Riley (b. February 4, 1960) is a Democratic member of the New Jersey General Assembly, representing District 3. She was first appointed to the chamber on March 7, 2009.

Riley served as a member of the Bridgeton City Council from 2006-2009.

Biography

Riley earned her B.A. in Music from LaSalle University and her M.S. in Arts Administration from Drexel University. Her professional experience includes working as a teacher at the Morris Goodwin Elementary School in Greenwich Township.[1]

Committee assignments

2014-2015

At the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:

New Jersey Committee Assignments, 2014
Higher Education, Chair
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Regulated Professions

2010-2012

In the 2010-2012 legislative session, Riley served on the following committees:

Issues

  • A3722 Establishes pilot program in Gloucester County, transferring municipal tax assessment function to county through appointment of a county assessor and deputy county assessors.
  • A3882 Upgrades possession of child pornography to a crime of the third degree; provides for parole supervision for life for production and transmission of child pornography.[2]

Campaign themes

2013

On their shared campaign website, Celeste Riley and John Burzichelli list the following five major campaign themes:

  • Protect South Jersey jobs
Excerpt: "John and Celeste are investing in local small businesses to protect jobs and grow South Jersey’s economy. John and Celeste are working to help small business owners by eliminating exorbitant fees, cutting red tape and providing other incentives."
  • Bring home our fair share of state resources
Excerpt: "With all the taxes we pay, South Jersey deserves more than budget leftovers. John and Celeste are a powerful voice making sure we get our fair share of state resources."
  • Cap state spending
Excerpt: "John and Celeste will push for zero-based budgeting, forcing bureaucrats to prove the merit of every dollar they want to spend."
  • Improve access to affordable health care
Excerpt: "..keep insurance affordable by reducing premium costs and lowering administrative expenses. They increased funding for local hospitals, and are committed to ensuring seniors living on fixed incomes can afford need prescription drugs."
  • Prohibit politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists
Excerpt: "John and Celeste are neighbors and community leaders—not career politicians. That’s why they support legislation that prohibits politicians from accepting gifts from lobbyists. They are advocating for tougher election laws to keep corruption out of our state government."

Elections

2013

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Riley won re-election in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 3. Riley was bracketed with John J. Burzichelli. She was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She and incumbent John J. Burzichelli (D) defeated Larry Wallace (R) and Bob Vanderslice (R) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[3][4][5][6]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burzichelli Incumbent 28% 31,049
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCeleste Riley Incumbent 26.9% 29,870
     Republican Larry Wallace 22.6% 25,094
     Republican Bob Vanderslice 22.4% 24,823
Total Votes 110,836

2011

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2011

Riley won re-election in 2011. She and incumbent John Burzichelli ran unopposed in the Democratic Primary on June 7. They then defeated Domenick DiCicco and Bob Villare in the November 8 general election.[7]

New Jersey General Assembly District 3 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Burzichelli Incumbent 28% 25,172
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCeleste Riley Incumbent 26.6% 23,960
     Republican Domenick DiCicco 22.5% 20,268
     Republican Bob Villare 22.8% 20,528
Total Votes 89,928

Redistricting

NJ Spotlight identified District 3 as a potential place for the GOP to pickup a seat in the Assembly. Following redistricting, District 4 Republican incumbent Domenick DiCicco was moved into District 3. He ran with Bob Villare, who came within 1,300 votes of defeating Celeste Riley in 2009.[8]

2009

See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2009

Running for re-election in the 2009 general election, Riley defeated challengers Lee Lucas and Robert Villare. She was bracketed with John Burzichelli.[9] [10]

New Jersey Assembly General Election, Third Legislative District (2009)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John J. Burzichelli (D) 35,423
Green check mark transparent.png Celeste M. Riley (D) 31,888
Robert Villare (R) 30,526
Lee Lucas (R) 27,316

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Riley is available dating back to 2009. Based on available campaign finance records, Riley raised a total of $236,084 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 15, 2013.[11]

Celeste Riley's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2011 New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 Won $157,036
2009 New Jersey General Assembly, District 3 Won $79,048
Grand Total Raised $236,084

2011

Riley won re-election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2011. During that election cycle, Riley raised a total of $157,036.

2009

Riley won election to the New Jersey General Assembly in 2009. During that election cycle, Riley raised a total of $79,048.

Endorsements

2013

In 2013, Riley’s endorsements included the following:[12] [13]

  • The New Jersey AFL-CIO
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of New Jersey

Personal

Riley and her husband, Richard Dawson, have two children and three step-children.

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