Maureen T. Raisch of Middletown is seeking the Republican nomination for Monmouth County Surrogate.
The Assistant to the Mayor and Chief of Staff for the Middletown Township Committee for the past 20 years, Raisch, 59, has assisted 10 different mayors, including current surrogate Rosemarie Peters, with constituent service and government operations and has helped thousands of residents navigate the Township’s policies and ordinances. She researched and answered inquiries on topics including the impact of ordinances, land use planning, recycling, environmental issues and more.
“I am excited to seek the support of the Monmouth Republican Organization to run as the Republican choice for County Surrogate,” said Raisch. “I empathize with people who have suffered a loss and understand what their needs are. My personal experiences will help guide me in this position.”
“Rosemarie Peters has done a tremendous job as County Surrogate over many years,” Raisch continued. “She was a role model to all of us in the way she conducted the Surrogate’s Office through public outreach as well as her compassionate and competent service to those who are going through difficult times.”
Raisch has also been involved in many volunteer committees, including the Middletown Disaster Relief Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), raising and distributing $1 million to families devastated by Superstorm Sandy. She also served both as a board member and president on Lincroft Senior Citizen Housing Corporation overseeing and coordinating the completion of a multimillion-dollar 60-unit senior housing building while upgrading and modernizing a sister facility of 180-unit apartments for seniors.
After the untimely passing of her beloved husband, Clifford, Maureen wanted to help others in coping with the loss of loved ones. Four years ago she became involved with Stephy’s Place, a support center for grief and loss located in Red Bank. She joined a support group and was called to enter training to help others through grief. Today she serves as a grief and bereavement facilitator for members of the community.
“As a leader at work, on volunteer committees, and as a grief support group facilitator, I believe I am equipped to manage the Surrogate’s Office treating each person with dignity, empathy, and professionalism,” said Raisch.
Raisch is endorsed by former Senator Joe Kyrillos , Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown Mayor Tony Perry, Former Mayor Tony Fiore and Middletown Republican Committee Chairman Peter Carton.