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Union County Freeholder

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ANGEL ESTRADA: DEM, incumbent, Union County Freeholder: 3 Years: aestrada@ucnj.org
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Candidate Bio and Statement:
    Freeholder Angel Estrada was first elected to the Freeholder Board in 1999. He served as Freeholder Chairman in 2004 and as Vice-Chairman the previous year. He was re-elected to a fourth term in 2008.
    He was previously elected to the Elizabeth Board of Education in 1994 and re-elected in 1997. Freeholder Estrada was active in community issues and served for many years in several Parent-Teacher Organizations, often as president.
    As Freeholder Chairman in 2008, he presided over the expansion of shared county-local services, Phase 3 of the Workforce Competitiveness Project, and Go Green, a comprehensive environmental program. He worked with the United Way to help bring the “211” information line to Union County.
    Freeholder Estrada also supported the Freeholder Scholars initiative, which provides scholarships to Union County College for eligible residents and helped implement the Access 2000 initiative, providing school districts with funds for computers, Internet access and technology education for teachers. As chairman of the Open Space Trust Fund Committee in 2005, Freeholder Estrada oversaw the distribution of more than $1.4 million for Children’s Recreation and Historic Preservation. He is also Chairman of the board’s Fiscal Affairs Committee.
    Mr. Estrada is a member of the Board of Trustees of Meadowlinks, and is also an alternate member of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. In 2007 and 2008 Freeholder Estrada was elected vice-president of the National Association of Hispanic County Officials. He emigrated from Cuba to the United States 49 years ago and has made Elizabeth his home ever since.
    He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Spanish from Kean College (now Kean University) in Union.
    Professionally, Mr. Estrada had managed the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s office in Elizabeth. He also worked in management, planning, budgeting and human resources for various organizations.
    Freeholder Estrada and his wife, Teresa, have three children and two grandchildren.
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