Kate is a healthcare administrator with a passion for community service and problem solving. Her experience efficiently navigating bureaucracy to achieve positive outcomes inspired her to start the Shots for Emerson program in early 2021 to assist Emerson Public School staff with obtaining COVID-19 vaccine appointments. The all-volunteer team made over 200 appointments for Bergen County educators and residents.
Kate has volunteered with countless local groups including the Emerson Environmental Commission, the Emerson Elementary PTA and the Women's Empowerment Democratic Organization of Bergen County. Kate is also an outspoken advocate for bone marrow donation after donating in 2011 with the Gift of Life Marrow Registry.
Kate moved to Bergen County in 2014 when her husband, the Rev. Marc Almendarez Stutzel, was called to lead a local ELCA church. They are thoroughly enjoying life in Emerson with three children and two squishy cats. Kate understands that Emerson is at a crossroads, with choices to make soon that will affect our tax burden and quality of life for years to come. She is running with fellow Democrats Michael DeOrio and Brian Downing on a platform of fiscal responsibility, increased government transparency, and volunteer retention & engagement. She promises to use good judgment, a listening ear and a strong voice to fight what is best for Emerson.