Shin Angulo Takes Oath As Mayor Of Cherry Hill
First Korean-American Woman to hold office of Mayor in State of New Jersey; Pledges to Run a Safe, Stable, and Welcoming Community Where Residents Can Thrive
(Cherry Hill, N.J.) Susan Shin Angulo was sworn in as Cherry Hill's new Mayor this afternoon before a standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people. Congressman Donald Norcross administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Angulo.
Former Mayor and former Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Susan Bass Levin swore in council members Michele Golkow and Brian Bauerle to begin new terms in office. Levin also swore in Jennifer Apell for her first term on the seven-member Council. The Council members elected David Fleisher to serve as President and Brian Bauerle to serve as Vice President for 2020.
Mayor Angulo is the first Korean-American woman to hold the office of Mayor in Cherry Hill and in the State of New Jersey. Angulo stressed her excitement for this opportunity. “I stand before you as a woman and mother, a first generation college graduate, and an immigrant whose family overcame poverty in pursuit of the American Dream,” Angulo said. “I pledge to you that I will work tirelessly and passionately for the people of Cherry Hill.”
Angulo reflected her commitment to keeping Cherry Hill a safe, thriving community and operating a transparent, accountable government. “We will continue to support public safety initiatives, so that Cherry Hill residents are safe and our community is one where our citizens can thrive,” said Angulo. “We will manage our township budget and our government responsibly, so that we can keep property taxes stable, and operate a transparent, open administration.”
The Mayor’s inaugural speech is set forth below:
Wow!... what a wonderful night to celebrate!
Thank you Congressman Norcross, for administering the oath of office. On behalf of the entire South Jersey community, I want to express appreciation for your advocacy and representation in Washington.
I stand before you as a woman and mother, a first generation college graduate, and an immigrant whose family overcame poverty in pursuit of the American Dream. And now - I am proud and honored to be the first Korean-American woman mayor in Cherry Hill AND in the entire state of New Jersey, representing the township that I love.
As a child, my parents taught me the importance of giving back to the community. Thank you Mom – you and Dad provided me with the foundation and passion for public service – and for that I am grateful.
To Michael, Sophie & Chloe – your love and support are my strength and inspiration. I could not do this without you.
Thank you Susan Bass Levin for your guidance and for everything you do. Cherry Hill would not be the remarkable community it is today without your dedication and hard work.
And to our now former Mayor Chuck Cahn, thank you for your steadfast leadership.
I also want to congratulate my fellow running mates- Michele Golkow, Brian Bauerle, and the Township’s newest Council member Jennifer Apell. I look forward to working with all of you, and with Council Members David Fleisher, Carole Roskoph, Sangeeta Doshi and Carolyn Jacobs.
Most importantly, I want to thank the residents of Cherry Hill for giving me this opportunity to serve as your Mayor. You made today possible. It is amazing what a determined community can achieve!
We all know that Cherry Hill is a special place. It has everything a community could ask for –an outstanding state-of-the-art library, parks and trails, close-knit neighborhoods, excellent schools, thriving stores, restaurants and businesses, and a diverse and inclusive community.
I love saying that, “only in Cherry Hill can you find the world in 25 square miles!” Yet, we have not even come close to reaching Cherry Hill’s vast potential! Working together, we can move Cherry Hill forward as a safe, stable, and welcoming community, where all of our residents can live comfortably and thrive.
We will continue to support effective public safety initiatives so that Cherry Hill residents are safe. Please join me in thanking Cherry Hill Police and Fire Departments for their vigilance in protecting our community.
We will manage our township budget and our government responsibly, so that we can keep property taxes stable, and operate a transparent and open administration.
We will keep Cherry Hill on solid financial footing by encouraging smart, sustainable investment in our town and protecting our open space and beautiful neighborhoods.
We will work to assist our most vulnerable populations, whether it's working with the Food Pantry on food insecurity issues, or assisting senior citizens, veterans, and immigrants find the services they need.
And as Mayor, I will work with our county, state and federal representatives to make sure Cherry Hill receives the support and resources we need to move forward.
As many of you know, I am committed to getting our younger residents and children involved. I am here today because I was encouraged at a young age to be active in my community, and to make my voice heard. We must strive to inspire our next generation to play a role in our future.
It is my privilege and honor to serve as Mayor of Cherry Hill. I pledge to you that I will work tirelessly and passionately.
I value the trust and faith you have in me.
Thank you, Happy New Year!
God bless all of you, and God bless Cherry Hill Township!