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Sussex County Freeholder

Sussex County is governed by a five member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders are the center of legislative and administrative responsibility in Sussex County, and as such, perform a dual role. As legislators they draw up and adopt a budget, and in the role of administrators, they are responsible for spending the funds they have appropriated.Each Freeholder is elected at large to serve a three-year term.

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    Robert Slockbower
    (Dem)

  • Herbert Yardley
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing your county?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges?

What policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our county?

What role do you envision for the county government in combating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future pandemics?

Mailing Address 10 Grove dr
Sussex, NJ 07461
Campaign Email Rob4freeholder@gmail.com
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Rob4Freeholder/
1) Infrastructure. The county continues to fall short ensuring all pieces of our infrastructure are serviceable and up to date. Everything from roads, mass transit, electrical grid and high speed internet needs to be looked at and brought into the modern era. Roads and bridges across the county are in need of repair and the county still has no rail service and very limited busing thru NJ Transit. Residents across the county are repeatedly dealing with power outages, even after minor storms. If power issues are not addressed now the county will be facing much larger problems as the impact of climate change increases the number and severity of summer storms. Many in our county are still without high speed internet, and in the age of COVID this has proven to be an issue that effects people across the economic spectrum. With schools conducting virtual learning and professionals working from home the need for reliable high speed internet is self evident. 2) Hyper-partisanship. Since the day I announced my campaign I've been reminded from people across the political spectrum that winning this race is near impossible. Not because of my platform, not because I don't bring anything to the table, but because there is a (D) next to my name. Hyper-partisanship kills the democratic process and leaves significant numbers of people without a voice in the institutions of government. It has been 20 years since a Democrat has been elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders and in that time our county has grown more diverse. I propose a Ranked Choice Voting system to help rid our county of the toxic effects of partisan politics and to create a county government that better reflects the counties population. Ranked Choice Voting helps to level the playing field and draws more people into the process and system, encouraging new candidates to seek office, expanding our choices as voters.
In all areas of infrastructure it is essential to listen to the experts.

Between being a father of 4, being a former owner of a small business, and running global online charity events, I have had to learn to work with those I may disagree with and seek advice from those who know better on topics I may not be well versed in. There is no shame in not having the entire answer yourself, it is important, though, that you're a part of the solution.

I will work with anyone, from any where and at any time to best meet the needs of Sussex County, finding common ground without sacrificing core values.
I think a good place to start would be to pass a resolution declaring racism to be a public health crisis.

I would propose and support the formation of advisory councils to provide guidance to the Freeholder Board, as well as county administration, on fair representation and removing barriers to access many in racial, ethnic and LGBTQ+ communities experience.

I will also oppose any measure designed to negatively target any minority or marginalized groups in our county.

Sussex county enjoys natural beauty and resources but our greatest resource is our people. We cannot hope to grow and succeed if we don't have a seat at the table for everyone.
The Freeholder Board doesn’t have the power or responsibility to build hospitals, but we’ve spent more than half a decade with the only hospital in the eastern half of the county shuttered. Surely, in the spirit of protecting the health of Sussex County residents, we should be safeguarding the health of ALL of our residents.

We must be forward-thinking in imagining new challenges and building the bridges to meet them. There are all sorts of great resources on wheels - from PSS to volunteer meal deliveries. Why not an expanded mobile health clinic?

We must prepare NOW for the next pandemic, as our experts warn is imminent, while ensuring the health of folks in care facilities so that healthcare workers and the families relying on them are never in a vulnerable position again.

With so many people receiving their information through social media, rather than traditional sources, I think its incumbent on the County government to combat dangerous and misleading information. In these days of conspiracy theories and agencies at the federal level pressured into withholding critical information, there's no reason our local governments, including county, can't dispense science based factual information. A partnership between OEM and the Board of Health could achieve this and put our citizens at ease.

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