Dr. Julia Hankerson Secures Party Endorsement for Cape May County Commissioner


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WOODBINE — The Cape May County Democratic Party has chosen Rev. Dr. Julia L. Hankerson to run for Cape May County Commissioner.

Hankerson is a fourth-generation Woodbine resident, long involved in her community, and has extensive experience qualifying her to serve as a county commissioner. She has owned and operated the Woodbine Wellness Center, LLC and served as president of the Greater Woodbine Chamber of Commerce, and the Woodbine AARP.

In honor of her parents, she donated a gazebo to the borough of Woodbine. Hankerson was honored by the Sam Azeez Woodbine Heritage Museum as its first Shero of Woodbine.

Hankerson has been a social worker/psychotherapist for the past 30 years and was vice president of the board of directors of Cape Counseling, now Acenda. She sat on the International Association of Social Work Boards Examination Committee. Through her advances in the social work/human services system, she obtained the opportunity to work as a project specialist, specializing in budgeting and strategic planning under the administration of Gov. Tom Kean.

Rounding out Hankerson’s leadership experience, she had the experience of serving from 1986 to 1989 on the Hamilton Township Planning Board under the direction of the renowned community planner, Peter Karabashian.

Hankerson earned a bachelor’s degree from Lincoln University, MSW from Rutgers University, doctorate from James and Jesse College of Theology, and studied industrial-organizational psychology at Walden University

Hankerson has been a professor at both Atlantic Cape Community College and Simmons University in Boston. Hankerson is currently a member of the ACCC human services board of directors. Hankerson attended Millville High School where she excelled in basketball and became the first Black female to be inducted into the Millville Thunderbolt Hall of Fame.

Hankerson recently filled in for the last two months as a candidate for General Assembly in District 1 and although she did not win, she was able to keep pace with her colleagues. She also ran for the mayor of Woodbine against a 21-year incumbent.

Despite her unsuccessful bid, Hankerson continued to be very active in her community by initiating the first Woodbine Wellness Fair, Woodbine Walking Group, and first Woodbine Family Day, which included fireworks.

Hankerson said she would like to see more opportunity and equality in the courts, law enforcement, and Cape May County government. She supports education and early mental health intervention and drug treatment as well as sustainable infrastructure, flood mitigation policies, economic development, fiscal accountability, and improved social services.

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