Pleasantville Mayor Judy Ward Among Honorees at Ladies In Leadership Awards


Pleasantville Mayor Judy Ward attends the AC Community Walk for a Summer of Peace Tuesday. Photo by Nastassia Davis.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

ATLANTIC CITY — Pleasantville Mayor Judy Ward, Atlantic City High School principal Candace Days-Chapman and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Southern New Jersey Chapter are two of 13 individuals and two group winners of The Ladies in Leadership Awards which will be given March 20 in recognition of Women’s History Month.

Local columnist and broadcaster Raymond Tyler announced the awardees recently on social media. The awards program will be held at 3 p.m. at the Bourre Atlantic City, 201 S. New York Avenue.

Ward made history last fall when she was elected the first African American female mayor of Pleasantville. She was previously a long-serving city councilwoman in the city.


Days-Chapman, a former school administrator in Pleasantville and Atlantic City, was named principal of the high school going into this school year. Days-Chapman is also chair of the Atlantic City Democratic Committee and campaign chair last year of Mayor Marty Small Sr. re-election run.

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Southern New Jersey Chapter is one of the most active in the state and hosts numerous programs throughout the year benefiting African American women and the community. Dr. Marguerite K. Hall is currently serving as president of the organization.

Other awardees include:

  • Dr. Ananda Davis-Wright
  • Cindy Fertsch
  • Joyce Hagen
  • Julie Hain
  • Dr. Felicia Ivey
  • Azize Z. Kebe
  • Bashira Khan
  • Tamu Lane
  • Vanessa Maria
  • Dee Rollins
  • Donna Shea
  • Southern Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta

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