Candidate Hopes to Become First Black Woman Gov

Published April 22, 2009

A New Jersey woman is hoping to become the nation’s third African-American governor.

The Rev. Shannon Wright, an Independent candidate, announced her bid to lead the Garden State just days after resigning as campaign manager for Republican Brian Levine.

On Thursday, Levine, the mayor of Franklin Township, was nixed from the GOP primary ballot after judges ruled that his petition did not contain enough valid signatures to justify his nomination.

Wright, 42, was a registered Democrat in 2008, so she must obtain 1,000 signatures to run as an independent. She named health care, education and economic development as her focal points.

She and her husband are co-founders of Faith, Grace and Mercy World Outreach Ministries.

Written by BET.com Staff

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