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WHITESBORO – The granddaughter of the first African-American mayor in Cape May County, Quanette Vasser-McNeal, has been elected to lead the Cape May County branch of the NAACP.
Her grandfather, John “Jack” Vasser Jr. made history when he became mayor of West Cape May in 1977 and served as a commissioner on the borough from 1973 to 2001. Vasser-McNeal replaces past president Alexander Bland.
“Before the NAACP Election on Nov. 12, Mrs. Vasser-McNeal and the NAACP were on the ground engaging with the Cape May County community to get people registered and counted in the 2020 Census and most importantly registered for the 2020 Presidential Election,” said Cheryl Spaulding, vice president and program administrator for the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, Inc.”
Other member of the Cape May County branch executive committee includes: Tracy Cardwell, 1st vice president; Wanda Matthews, secretary; Sheryl Cisroe, treasurer; and Jo Ann Maker, assistant treasurer. Committee members include: Angie Cooper, W.I.N. (Women in NAACP) chair; Kellie Fields, health chair; Melissa Moore, communications chair; Jason McNeal, criminal justice chair; Melisha Anderson, political action chair; and Clayton Palmer, veterans and armed services chair.
“The NAACP held several Rock the Vote Registration drives throughout the county and even made a major stride in making sure people within the Cape May County Jail System had a right to vote. Because the Cape May County NAACP has been more visible i.e. out front and in the center of community issues, its leadership was invited to participate on a Social Justice Committee started by the Cape May County Prosecutors Office.”
Spaulding said the NAACP alongside other concerned community organizations, the committee had meaningful conversation and dialogue about the social justice concerns of the residents of Cape May County.
“The NAACP has taken a team approach rather than an individual one to bring about positive change in Cape May County for all residents, not just African Americans,” Spaulding said. “Everything now that gets done is a TEAM effort. There is no unilateral decisions made. A great president of any organization knows, they are more effective with a great team behind them.
“The executive board and the executive committee members meet frequently to discuss their plans and ideas, then vote on them as a team accordingly. Two ideas which are currently in motion to become a success are the Cape May County NAACP Tree Lighting Event and the ‘Neighbor-Hoodie Drive.'”
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