By Sierra Morrison
The race for Camden County’s Board of Chosen Freeholders has begun. Currently, two seats are up for grabs. The Republican candidates are Robert Stone and Claire Gustafson. The Democratic candidates are Carmen Rodriguez and Edward McDonnell.
Asked why he’s running, Stone said, “I can bring change to Camden County. Democrats have been in power since 1979 and during their time, taxes have gone up and jobs have gone down.”
Asked what he would do if he won, Stone said, “I would make sure every road is repaved. To repair the roads, I will ask for federal money and employee people to fix the roads.”
Secondly, he said, “I will account for money that’s gone missing and privatize the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority to save money.”
Gustafson’s posted on Facebook that she and Stone will, “have a grass roots campaign and will shine a light on those areas of county government that rarely get talked about.”
Stone and Gustafson’s Facebook page is called Stone and Gustafson for Freeholder.
According to Rodriguez’s profile on Camden County’s government website some of her achievements include, “expanding the Code Blue protocol for cold weather to include a new Code Blue warming site in downtown Camden, where the homeless can come to get warm on the coldest winter days.”
Also, “Rodriguez proactively works with agencies to find permanent homes for the homeless and helped the Health department maintain a level budget without reducing services.”
McDonnell’s profile on Camden County’s government website mentions that, “He’s the Superintendent of Elections and the Board of Elections and liaison to the Battleship New Jersey.”
Also, “McDonnell is the founder and board member of the New Jersey Community College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development, and former Chairman of the Philadelphia-based Collegiate Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development.”
Attempts to get a comment from Gustafson, Rodriguez and McDonnell went unanswered. Calls to the Camden County Democratic Committee and Camden County Republican Committee were made and messages forward to the candidates. The candidate’s place of residence were visited throughout the day.
Aside from Stone, Gustafson, Rodriguez and McDonnell, eight independents are running for Camden County’s Board of Chosen Freeholder, they are Thomas Stearns Jr., Kathryn Petner, Anthony De Stefanis, Franklin Frake, Maryann Dunn, Amy La Conte-Smith, Moneke Ragsdale, and Steven Kelly.