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Two seats of the five member Board are up for election this year.The Board is empowered with a broad scope of authority, some of which is designated to them by the State of New Jersey. Its responsibilities include both legislative and executive functions including the oversight and regulation of county property and finances. This includes the upkeep of 380 miles of county roads and nearly 1,000 bridges, maintenance of more than 15,000 acres of county park lands, providing the largest circulating library system in the state, and maintaining a AAA bond rating.Generally, the Freeholder Board's duties include: Preparing and adopting the county budget. Authorizing expenditures and bonds. Appointing county officials and members to boards, commissions and authorities. Supervising the administration of county government.

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    Lillian G. Burry
    (Rep)

  • Ross Licitra
    (Rep)

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    Moira Nelson
    (Dem)

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    Michael Penna
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What qualifies you for the position of Freeholder, both personally and professionally?

What are the major issues facing Monmouth County, and how would you propose to address those issues if elected?

What is your opinion of the proposal to change the title of Freeholder?

Campaign Email cltnrealty@aol.com
Campaign phone 732 462 688
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/lillian.burry
Education BA Political Science & History
Website https://www.facebook.com/HanlonLicitraBurry4Monmouth/
The simple answer is, “A lifetime of public service.” I have a long track record of being a leader and getting things done. I’ve always prided myself on having a persistence of vision – being someone who sticks to a task until it’s accomplished, even when it takes decades to do. I’ve always tried to be as open and accessible as possible, dealing with all of the diverse communities that make up Monmouth County. A key to getting things done is knowing people from all over who can be brought together to build a constructive consensus on complex issues. No amount of good intentions and ambition can take the place of the trust and respect that’s earned by providing reliable and compassionate leadership. In times like these my experience and knowledge will be particularly important.
I’m busy thinking about important things like what can we do to help all of the people who are out of work through no fault of their own. And how many people lost their businesses and lifelong dreams and are now worrying about feeding their families and paying their mortgages. I’m thinking about the children wanting to go back to school with their friends and parents worrying about whether it’s safe. I’m concerned with the economic future of Monmouth County. The doctors will deal with the pandemic. It’s up to the government to try to find economic opportunities to keep businesses alive and attract new business as people no longer have to go to the city for work and have more options when choosing a place to live. The bottom line is I’m thinking about what county government can do to see us through these difficult times.
I think it’s something that’s over and done with and I’m not looking in the rear-view mirror. It doesn’t change the office and that’s the important thing.
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Campaign phone (732) 455-2405
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pennaandnelsonforfreeholder/
Education New York University, Bachelors Degree
Website www.pennanelson.com
I’m running for Monmouth County Freeholder to be the voice for all residents of this great county. Advocacy is in my DNA. I am a long-time drug policy reform advocate, I’ve fought for racial & social justice and equity for years, and I’ve advocated for LGBTQ+ rights for decades.

I am running to be the type of leader that prioritizes Monmouth County’s residents’ needs - whether it is public health and access to social services, access to clean drinking water & fresh air, other environmental concerns such as waste management, recycling, and fighting unnecessary gas pipelines, or support for small businesses, the working class and working poor and every other facet of our community!

I am a seasoned fashion industry executive with over 20 years of experience developing brands and businesses. In 2011, I launched my own full-service consulting company which catered specifically to emerging brands and businesses. Most recently, I have been successfully leading design and product development teams in the start-up environment and am regarded as an expert in my field.

Throughout my life, I've used my voice to speak up for the most vulnerable among us and I’ve mentored women in recovery, underprivileged teens, and young professionals throughout my career. I am dedicated to servant leadership to help individual members of society thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Monmouth County is more than a place, it's an ideal. The character of the county is on the ballot this year.
I intend to focus on the pressing issues facing all residents of Monmouth County. I know that our neighbors are concerned with our environment – everything from preserving our parks and open spaces and protecting our waterways to recycling and waste management issues, they want me to repair our roads and bridges and properly fund Brookdale Community College, and they want me to provide access to social services and resources for our most vulnerable neighbors.

The single most pressing issue facing our community is the environment. I intend to tackle and solve our County’s recycling and waste management issues while also preserving parks, open space and protecting our waterways. I will establish a Task Force charged with researching forward- thinking, long-term, sustainable solutions to resolve the problems with our County’s landfill. The health and wellbeing of all Monmouth County residents must be prioritized. Historically, Monmouth County has been a leader in innovation and technology. We can and should be leading the state in planning for a resilient, sustainable future that safeguards our natural resources and that creates opportunity and good, green jobs. We should be committed to regional planning and smart development that is laser-focused on storm water solutions, flood mitigation, the shoreline and erosion (not just "down the shore" but along the Bayshore too). The health of our local economy is directly correlated to the health of our environment.

The issues which define our platform are as follows:

Advocate for Working Families – especially Union Workers

Fund & Protect Brookdale Community College

Promote Public Health & Provide Access to Social Services for our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

Keep Our Families Safe & Champion Common-Sense Gun Laws & Responsible Gun Ownership

Advocate for County-level Policing Reforms & Criminal Justice Reform

Solve Recycling & Waste Management Issues

Lead Emergency Response Efforts with Competence  and Empathy

Promote Diversity and Inclusion throughout County Departments, Commissions, and Boards

Preserve Parks, Open Space and Protect our Waterways

Repair our Roads and Bridges  

Ensure Balance, Transparency, Accountability on the Freeholder Board

Now, more than ever, we need strong, competent, empathetic leaders at all levels of government.  Monmouth County is more than a place, it's an ideal. The character of the county is on the ballot this year.  
For years, Democratic & Republican NJ legislators and residents have advocated for the abolition of the term "freeholder" which is steeped in racism and sexism. Despite numerous efforts over the years, abolition of the title "freeholder" never came to pass.

But now, we are at an inflection point in our country's history. Some would argue that symbols, relics, statues, and words mean nothing without action. I would argue that both matter. While we examine the systemic racism and sexism that underlie our country's systems and institutions and dedicate ourselves to the actions that root it out, we should also look to abolish or eradicate those symbols and words that perpetuate prejudice. It's a time to reflect on our traditions, our institutions, the symbols and relics we value, and the words we use. Words matter. I wholeheartedly support the State Legislature's bi-partisan efforts to abolish the term "freeholder" once and for all - replacing it with the more common title "County Commissioner."
Campaign phone (732) 455-2405
Facebook Page https://fb.me/pennaandnelsonforfreeholder
Education BFA-Syracuse University, MA-Montclair State University, MPhil-Walden University, Ph.D. Candidate-Walden University
Website https://pennanelson.com/
I am running for Freeholder to bring balance to the Freeholder Board. I chose to make Monmouth County my home because I love the people, the communities and the varied environment of this great county. I am devoted to preserving and protecting our environment, committing to expanding and ensuring access to needed social services and to a quality education for all residents regardless of their zip-code or the size of their bank account. I am a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community and I am driven by my commitment to social justice and equality. I am running for Freeholder to be their voice and representative. My education, training and life experiences have prepared me to advocate for all residents of Monmouth County. I am driven by my commitment to social justice, education and equality. Now, more than ever, we need strong, competent, empathetic leaders at all levels of government. Monmouth County is more than a place, it's an ideal. The character of the county is on the ballot this year. Please support Penna & Nelson for Freeholder.
I intend to focus on the pressing issues facing all residents of Monmouth County. I know that our neighbors are concerned with our environment – everything from preserving our parks and open spaces and protecting our waterways to recycling and waste management issues, they want me to repair our roads and bridges and properly fund Brookdale Community College, and they want me to provide access to social services and resources for our most vulnerable neighbors.

The single most pressing issue facing our community is the environment. I intend to tackle and solve our County’s recycling and waste management issues while also preserving parks, open space and protecting our waterways. I will establish a Task Force charged with researching forward- thinking, long-term, sustainable solutions to resolve the problems with our County’s landfill. The health and wellbeing of all Monmouth County residents must be prioritized. Historically, Monmouth County has been a leader in innovation and technology. We can and should be leading the state in planning for a resilient, sustainable future that safeguards our natural resources and that creates opportunity and good, green jobs. We should be committed to regional planning and smart development that is laser-focused on storm water solutions, flood mitigation, the shoreline and erosion (not just "down the shore" but along the Bayshore too). The health of our local economy is directly correlated to the health of our environment.

The issues which define our platform are as follows:

Advocate for Working Families – especially Union Workers

Fund & Protect Brookdale Community College

Promote Public Health & Provide Access to Social Services for our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

Keep Our Families Safe & Champion Common-Sense Gun Laws & Responsible Gun Ownership

Advocate for County-level Policing Reforms & Criminal Justice Reform

Solve Recycling & Waste Management Issues

Lead Emergency Response Efforts with Competence and Empathy

Promote Diversity and Inclusion throughout County Departments, Commissions, and Boards

Preserve Parks, Open Space and Protect our Waterways

Repair our Roads and Bridges

Ensure Balance, Transparency, Accountability on the Freeholder Board

Now, more than ever, we need strong, competent, empathetic leaders at all levels of government. Monmouth County is more than a place, it's an ideal. The character of the county is on the ballot this year.
For years, Democratic & Republican NJ legislators and residents have advocated for the abolition of the term "freeholder" which is steeped in racism and sexism. Despite numerous efforts over the years, abolition of the title "freeholder" never came to pass. But now, we are at an inflection point in our country's history. Some would argue that symbols, relics, statues, and words mean nothing without action. I would argue that both matter. While we examine the systemic racism and sexism that underlie our country's systems and institutions and dedicate ourselves to the actions that root it out, we should also look to abolish or eradicate those symbols and words that perpetuate prejudice. It's a time to reflect on our traditions, our institutions, the symbols and relics we value, and the words we use. Words matter. I wholeheartedly support the State Legislature's bi-partisan efforts to abolish the term "freeholder" once and for all - replacing it with the more common title "County Commissioner."