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Sandra Cunningham

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Sandra Cunningham
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New Jersey State Senate District 31
In office
Term ends
January 10, 2014
Years in position 8
Majority Whip, New Jersey State Senate
Base salary$49,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 8, 2011
First electedOctober 23, 2007
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBloomfield College
Date of birthSeptember 4, 1950
Place of birthNewark, NJ
Office website
Personal website
Sandra Cunningham is a Democratic member of the New Jersey Senate, representing District 31. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election in October 2007. Cunningham currently serves as Majority Whip. Bills that have been sponsored by Senator Cunningham include Senate Bill 265 and Senate Bill 276.[1]


Cunningham graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Bloomfield College.[2] She has worked as a teacher and public relations coordinator. Cunningham is an Administrator at the Sandra and Glenn D. Cunningham Foundation.[3]

Committee assignments


In the 2010-2011 legislative session, Cunningham served on these committees:



See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2013

Cunningham ran in the 2013 election for New Jersey State Senate District 31. Cunningham was unopposed in the June 4 Democratic primary and is challenged by Maria Karczewski (R) in the general election which takes place on November 5, 2013.[4]


See also: New Jersey State Senate elections, 2011

Cunningham won re-election to the District 31 State Senate seat in 2011. She defeated challenger Bruce Alston in the June 7 Democratic primary. Cunningham defeated Donnamarie James (R) and Louis Vernotico in the general election which took place on November 8, 2011. [5]

New Jersey State Senate District 31 General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Cunningham Incumbent 80.8% 13,275
     Republican Donnamarie James 17.3% 2,836
     Independent Louis Vernotico 1.9% 320
Total Votes 16,431
New Jersey State Senate District 31 Democratic Primary, 2011
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Cunningham Incumbent 85.1% 7,489
Bruce Alston 14.9% 1,312
Total Votes 8,801


In 2007, Cunningham was re-elected to the New Jersey State Senate District 31. Cunningham (D) finished with 10,821 votes and was followed by Louis Vernotico (I) with 1,511 votes. Cunningman raised $264,167 for her campaign fund. [6]

New Jersey Senate 2007 General Election, District 31 (2007)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sandra Cunningham (D) 10,821
Louis Vernotico (I) 1,511

Campaign donors


In 2011, Cunningham received $222,129 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

New Jersey State Senate 2011 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Sandra Cunningham's campaign in 2011
New Jersey State Laborers$8,200
New Jersey Education Association$6,700
Service Employees International Union$5,000
Booker Team For Newark$5,000
Total Raised in 2011 $222,129
Total Votes received in 2011 13,275
Cost of each vote received $16.73


In 2007, Cunningham collected $264,167 in donations.[8]

Listed below are the five largest contributors to her campaign.

Donor Amount
Hudson County Democratic Organization $66,861
Election Fund of Richard Codey $12,200
Empower Newark $9,000
Sweeney Burzichelli & Fisher $8,200
New Jersey State Laborers $8,200



Cunningham was endorsed by:

District 31

Cunningham represents New Jersey Senate District 31, which includes the city of Bayonne, New Jersey.[10]


Cunningham currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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