The Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization Chairman Robert Greco released the following statement.
The Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization is once again pleased to welcome additional candidates to the Freeholders race. Former Freeholder and current Upper Deerfield Township Mayor Bruce T. Peterson has joined former Freeholders Jane Cristy and Jennifer Swift (Lookabaugh) on their Independent Democrat ticket. This latest announcement further validates the Republican Party position that a one party Freeholder Board is undesirable and nonproductive.
Cumberland County political life is once again vibrant and alive and well. The end of the era of Magazzu machine politics may be in sight. For three former Freeholders to feel they had to leave the shelter of their party and strike out on their own says more than we can possibly say about the need for a change in the makeup of the Board of Freeholders. We look forward to a vigorous debate on the issues with all six of our democrat opponents. While we obviously think our own team of experienced businessmen Sam Fiocchi and Tom Sheppard and attorney Rick Tonetta are far and away the best choices for Freeholder, the County can only benefit from having a wide array of choices – not all dictated by a political machine.
We also want to welcome former Vineland City Councilwoman and Independent candidate Sheena Santiago to the race. As a Hispanic woman she should add greatly to the diversity of the discourse and should prove invaluable with input and insight on the issues particularly relating to Vineland.
As long as no one resorts to gutter politics it looks like we should have an active and fun campaign.
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