Avery Ann Hart

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Avery Hart
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Candidate for
New Jersey State Senate, District 26
Bachelor'sPenn State University
Master'sNew York University, Yeshiva University
Place of birthPaterson, New Jersey
ProfessionTherapist and author
Campaign website
Avery Hart was a 2013 Democratic candidate for District 26 of the New Jersey State Senate.[1]


Hart earned her B.A. from Penn State University. She later earned a M.A. from New York University and a Masters of Social Work from Yeshiva University. Hart formly worked as an investigative probation officer for the NY State Supreme Court. She is currently a therapist with a private practice serving children and families. She is also the author of mental health and children's books, as well as a playwright.[2]


Campaign themes


Hart's website highlighted the following campaign themes: [3]

  • Innovative property tax reform

Excerpt: "Our schools are currently funded by towns, and since New Jersey has so many towns, that results in about 600 school superintendents and supervisory staff for only 2,500 schools. That just doesn't make sense. If we organized our school systems the way many other states do, we would have just 21 school districts, and could use the hundreds of millions of dollars of savings for property tax relief."

  • Protecting the environment

Excerpt: "Watersheds are the land that produce water to fill underground aquifers. My opponent has voted to allow new building on these sensitive watershed lands. He also wants to subvert the Highlands clean water law in order to use open space funds to buy artificial turf! Unlike him, I will be a vote and advocate for what remains of New Jersey natural lands."

  • Quality education

Excerpt: "I fully support public education, and would seek to add pre-K to New Jersey's educational services. Given all the research about brain development, I have come to believe that offering pre-K is the best way to improve learning potential and outcomes on test scores."

  • Thriving small businesses

Excerpt: "...unfortunately, some NJ laws and regulations inhibit the development of small businesses. Here is an example of one that has come to my attention on the Board of Nursing. Advance Practice Nurses are unable to start healthcare businesses because of an outmoded law that requires if a nurse enters into business with a physician, the physician must own at least 51 percent of the business. This restriction has nothing to do with health - but it does inhibit Advance Practice Nurses from starting up a small business."

  • Quality health care

Excerpt: "My goal is for New Jersey to have a good supply of well-trained doctors, nurses, therapists, and home health aides. If elected, I would advocate for women's health initiatives, increased training for home health care workers who serve the elderly and disabled, and continuation of the State's programs which help seniors pay for their medications."

  • Water is wealth

Excerpt: "Unlike my opponent, I am deeply committed to keeping the Highlands Law strong. Allowing new construction on our ancient watershed lands is clearly short sighted and unwise."

An earlier version of Hart's website included the following campaign theme:
  • Eliminating bullying and date rape

"An investment of just three hours of Physical Empowerment Training for New Jersey high school students will dramatically reduce bullying, molestation and rape by teaching students to avoid trouble and deal effectively with aggressive persons."



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Hart ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 26. Hart was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary. She was defeated by incumbent Joe Pennacchio (R) in the general election on November 5, 2013.[4] [5][6][7]

New Jersey State Senate, District 26 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Pennacchio Incumbent 65% 35,772
     Democratic Avery Ann Hart 35% 19,250
Total Votes 55,022



In 2013, Hart's endorsements included the following: [8]

  • The Sierra Club
  • New Jersey Nurses Association INPAC
  • New Jersey Women's Political Caucus


Hart and her husband, Paul, have two children. They currently reside in Kinnelon, New Jersey.

Hart serves on the New Jersey Board of Nursing. She is also the founder of Kinnelon Conserves, a grassroots environmental group focused on energy conservation and environmental education. [2]

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