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Union County, New Jersey Elections November 2, 2010
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Union County Freeholder


ELLEN DICKSON: Republican, challenger, Union County Freeholder: 3 years: info@ellendickson.com
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Candidate Bio and Statement: http://ellendickson.com/ Ellen Dickson is in her second term on Summitís City Council. She was Council President in 2009. Prior to Council she was a member of the Zoning Board for five years. She was president of the High School and Elementary school PTAs. Ellen has a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College and an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she served as a Trustee. Summit has been home for more than 16 years. Along with her husband, Chip, they raised three children that graduated from the Summit public schools system. Fiscal Conservative I am determined to reduce spending levels and I support the 2% property tax cap. For too long, government spending has been unchecked and not rigorously questioned. An Inclusive Representative Union County has over 500,000 citizens and most are unaware of the Freeholder Boardís activities. Few are aware about the very large county budget and how Freeholders spend our tax dollars. Suspend Open Space Tax In these difficult times, we should suspend this tax. This is not a time for taxpayers to be funding anything but essentials. Letís regroup and hear a plan for how remaining monies will be spent. What is a Freeholder? The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is a nine member board that governs Union County, NJ. Itís like the New Jersey version of County Commissioners. Each member of the Board of Chosen Freeholders serves a three year term. Each year, three of the nine seats are up for election. The Freeholder seats are elected at-large, meaning the whole county votes to elect each member. There is no ward or district system. The Freeholders select a Board Chairman every year in January after new members are sworn in. The Freeholders are charged with approving the county government budget and overseeing the county bureaucracy.
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