Let me tell you how much power a Freeholder has in your daily life. In Essex County, NJ the Board of Freeholders consists of 9 members. 5 of those members are elected from districts and 4 of them are elected at large. This Board has legislative and investigative powers of County government as granted by the Optional County Charter Law.
Some of those powers include conducting investigations, the power to perform audit, to designate staff to process and approve funding and to pass ordinances and resolutions. May you wonder what this all means.
If you have noticed vast differences in the safety and cleanliness of the cities throughout Essex County, then you have pondered over the duties of a Freeholder. If you have wondered why there are garbage cans on the corners in some cities and not in others, then you have pondered about the effectiveness of a Freeholder. If you want more money for community spaces like gardens, and less money for investing in policing, then you may want to find out who your Freeholder is.
I have had the same questions about who is in charge and what they do with the money that is meant for the people. This is why I am running for Freeholder At Large. When I get the information then I will openly share that information to the county and let the people voice where they think the resources are best used.
If you want to be involved! Please share this information. The worst thing you can do is keep this information to yourself. This is s a big year!