Lt. Gov. Candidate Sheila Oliver Addresses SNAP Event

September 5th, 2017

By Daniel Meara, Communications Manager

Candidate for Lieutenant Governor Sheila Oliver was the featured speaker at the Special Needs Alliance for Pride (SNAP) meeting in Trenton on August 24. In her remarks, Speaker Oliver praised those who made SNAP possible, applauding The Arc Mercer for its critical role in establishing the support group for LGBTQ people with special needs. The candidate said SNAP filled a void and was sure to be replicated around the state, and throughout the country and the world.

“In New Jersey, we are trendsetters,” the candidate said. SNAP is a perfect example of that quality. She added that Ray Truitt, The Arc Mercer consumer who was the inspiration for founding SNAP, was himself “a trendsetter.”

Speaker Oliver spoke of SNAP as wonderful example of inclusiveness, something she deeply believes in. She said what society needs most of all are diverse voices. What is unique about each person, she said, is what society needs to nurture and embrace.

Speaker Oliver noted that she is one of two social workers to have been elected to the New Jersey Assembly. As such, she said she well understands the issues faced by people with special needs. The inclusiveness that SNAP embodies is something she has valued throughout her career.

Speaker Oliver was introduced by The Arc Mercer Board member Assemblyman Reed Gusciora. He said that Speaker Oliver has always fought for the underdog and would certainly continue to do so as Lieutenant Governor. SNAP is just the sort of program she would lend her full support to.

To join SNAP, to become a SNAP mentor, or to find out more about SNAP events, email SNAPClub@arcmercer.org, call us at 609-743-3327 or visit SNAP’s Facebook page.