Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry has submitted the required petitions to seek the Monmouth County Republican Committee’s endorsement for her 6th term on the Board.
First elected in the wake of U.S. Attorney Chris Christie’s Operation Bid Rig II in 2005, Burry has been a leader in the transformation of Monmouth County government and the Monmouth GOP from a corrupt swamp to a beacon of good government. In 2005 , the Asbury Park Press had an ongoing investigative series, Club Monmouth, into the wasteful patronage of Monmouth County government. This year, the APP editorial board said, “It isn’t easy finding major weaknesses in the way the county has been run in recent years. Spending has been kept in check and the county has maintained a triple-A bond rating. It takes shared services between towns seriously and it has made concerted efforts to improve the climate for small businesses. The county also has one of the finest park systems in the state.” Lillian Burry has been a huge contributor to the reforms which warranted those accolades from a critical source.
Burry, 84, is a champion of Open Space, Historic Preservation, Parks, the Library System, Veterans and Law Enforcement. She was the first female director of the Monmouth Freeholder Board in 2008. She also served as director in 2010 and 2017.
Burry told MMM that the decision to seek a 6th term was a tough one. “There’s still a lot I want to accomplish, especially with the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth and veterans services. I don’t want to disappoint the many supporters who are encouraging me to run. It is tough to let go.”
The Monmouth County Republican Committee will endorse two freeholder candidates at their nominating convention on Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. at iPlayAmerica in Freehold. Ross Licitra, the Executive Director and Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer of the Monmouth SPCA has also filed to run.