Susan Adelizzi-Schmidt will bring a fresh perspective to Trenton.
The GOP candidate for State Senate in the 1st Legislative District – encompassing Cape May County, much of Cumberland County and parts of Atlantic County – plans to work closely with Governor Chris Christie to undo the damage done by nearly a decade of total Democratic control in Trenton, create good jobs and make South Jersey more affordable and prosperous for working families, seniors and small business owners. She is the first ever female Senate Candidate for the First District.
The Upper Township resident and mother of two is a successful business owner with strong roots in South Jersey. As president of the award-winning Suasion Communications Group in Somers Point, Susan leads a team of creative professionals as they carefully execute public relations, branding, digital and marketing campaigns. Her clients include those in hospitality, tourism, health care, business and non-profit organizations. Recognized for her career achievements, she is the recipient of numerous professional awards.
Susan is proud to be an adjunct professor at The Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey, where she has the unique opportunity to mentor students. She is also a corporate trainer, freelance writer and lecturer.
“I am not a career politician and have no interest in being one,” explained Susan. “My motivation to run for State Senate is to bring jobs back to our region, reduce the tax burden on residents and build a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.”
“The career politicians, like Senator Van Drew, are responsible for our highest-in-the-nation property taxes, burdensome debt and staggeringly high unemployment rates,” continued Susan. “If there were fewer career politicians and more people from the real world making governmental decisions, we would be much better off.”
Susan attributes her work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit to her parents, who owned hotels, tourism and transportation companies in South Jersey. “As small business owners, my parents put me to work at an early age,” said Susan. “As a teenager, I helped manage a motel. That experience taught me real life lessons about accountability and responsibility.” Such lessons continue to fuel Susan’s motivations.
Susan obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey in Pomona; she earned a bachelor’s degree with a dual major in Communications and English from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA. She started her career as a television news reporter and anchor at NBC-40 TV in Atlantic City, NJ.