Maria del Pilar Rivas

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Maria Rivas
Candidate for
New Jersey General Assembly, District 35
Place of birthLima, Peru
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Maria Rivas was a 2013 Republican candidate for District 35 of the New Jersey General Assembly.[1]


Rivas' earned degree's in Nursing and Obstetrics. Her professional experience includes owning Pilar Bridal Center for 25 years, working as an independent real estate agent, as CEO & Director of Children Without Children Charities, as President of the Taylor and Designer Association of New Jersey in 1984, as CEO & Director of Casa Peru Inc and as founder of the Peruvian American Action Committee of New Jersey (PAPAC) in 2002.[2]


Campaign themes


Rivas' biography on the website of the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Stabilize and defend social service for the poor.
  • Increase scholarship and make college education more affordable for all.
  • Promote small business growth.
  • Crack down on fraud and abuse in NJ.
  • Lower Taxes for all families.
  • Promote pro-life initiatives.



See also: New Jersey General Assembly elections, 2013

Rivas ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey General Assembly District 35. Rivas was bracketed with Rhina Tavarez. She was unopposed in the June 4 Republican primary. She was defeated by incumbent Shavonda E. Sumter (D) and incumbent Benjie E. Wimberly (D) in the general election, which took place on November 5, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

New Jersey General Assembly, District 35 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBenjie Wimberly Incumbent 36.7% 21,195
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngShavonda Sumter Incumbent 36% 20,791
     Republican Rhina Tavarez 13.8% 7,968
     Republican Maria del Pilar Rivas 13.5% 7,828
Total Votes 57,782


Rivas has two sons and lives in Paterson, NJ.

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