Resident endorses Posnock for Monmouth County surrogate


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I had no idea what the role of a surrogate was until I needed one. Last year I was left with the responsibility of acquiring guardianship of my physically incapacitated mother. It was a stressful experience and I was grateful Monmouth County had a qualified surrogate.

The surrogate’s work assists Monmouth County’s most vulnerable citizens — the bereaved, the mentally and physically incapacitated — and helps residents build families through adoption.

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The county surrogate oversees legal matters such as probate, guardianships and adoptions. The work of the surrogate touches nearly all of our citizens at some point in our lives.

A surrogate is a non-political position, but surrogates are elected. Their name is listed on the ballot in the Republican or Democratic column. Our current surrogate, Rosemarie Peters, is a qualified surrogate who has done a good job. Ms. Peters is a Republican.

Ms. Peters is retiring. In the last election cycle, Ms. Peters said the following to a local newspaper – “Having a law degree is not essential, but it’s a significant asset.”

The current Republican candidate is not an attorney or qualified.

The Democratic candidate, Leslie Posnock, is uniquely qualified for the role of surrogate.
Leslie is an experienced attorney, a local business owner, an adoptive mother and a committed community advocate.

The surrogate should not be a partisan position, but since it is, when voting please consider the best person for the job and put qualifications before partisanship. Leslie Posnock for Monmouth County Surrogate.

Rob Petreanu

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