Freeholder Linda Carter, a lifelong resident of the city of Plainfield, was elected to her first term as Freeholder in 2010. She was re-elected in 2013 and 2016 to serve her second and third terms. The youngest of her siblings, she graduated from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Freeholder Carter also holds a Master of Science degree in Management, Information Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken.
In 2013, Freeholder Carter became the first African American woman to serve as Chairman of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. In 2012, she served as Vice Chairman of the Freeholder Board, and on the County’s Fiscal, Homeland and Shared Services Committees. Her work on the Fiscal Committee is reflected in Union County’s Aaa bond rating.
Her initiatives include launching the Union County Women Mean Business networking program for women business owners, and the UC-STEP youth development and leadership training program.
Freeholder Carter is a commissioner of the Middlesex County Utilities Authority and the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition, the leading organization advocating for one-seat rail service to New York.
Prior to service on the Freeholder Board, Carter served as Councilwoman at large for the First and Fourth wards in the city of Plainfield, including the positions of Council President and Chair of the Committee of the Whole, liaison to the Housing Authority, Board of Education and Cable Advisory Board, and chair of the Public Safety Committee and Neighborhood and City Services Committee.
With a focus on assisting youths and seniors, Freeholder Carter has received numerous awards including The New Jersey Minority Achievers Award and the Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Greater Union County Chapter Community Leaders Hall of Fame award. She has served on the Plainfield Teen Parenting Board and has volunteered with the YMCA for more than 20 years. She has been a volunteer mentor and a Big Sister and has helped to ensure that homeless persons receive food.
Currently Freeholder Carter is employed by the Passaic Board of Education as a High School Business Education Teacher.
Prior to her career in education, she worked for AT&T in Access Management of the CFO Division, and as Portfolio Asset Manager for Credit Communication.
Freeholder Carter is a member of the NJ Board of Realtors and has been a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority for almost 30 years, where she has served in many leadership positions including President of the Plainfield Chapter for four terms.