Burlco Dems Announce Freeholder Hopefuls

Hoping to break Republican domination over county government, the Burlington County Democratic Committee is announcing two politically-experienced candidates for the Board of Freeholders.

Aimee Belgard, who serves on the Edgewater Park Township Committee, and Joanne Schwartz, who has served as an elected officer of the Mount Laurel Fire Commission, will vie against incumbents Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O'Brien.  Before Garganio and O'Brien began their 3-year terms on the board, in 2010, they also held local office.  Garganio was a former Florence Township Councilman, while O'Brien served on the Medford Township Council. 

The GOP has controlled the board for more than 35 years. Currently it's members are all Republicans.   

Belgard, a lawyer, ran for freeholder as a Democrat in 2010.  Democratic Committee Chair Joe Andl said that she "came very close" to winning a seat that year.   

Andl said Belgard and Schwartz, who also is a volunteer with the Hampton Lakes Emergency Squad in Southampton, will campaign to bring jobs back to Burlington County. 

"There's been one-party rule in Burlington County for 35 plus years.  It's time for a change," he said.  The Democratic candidates, he said will "be watchdogs for working class families of Burlington County."