There are three candidates in the running for Lou Magazzu’s empty Freeholder slot:
The six freeholders will have their choice of one of three candidates chosen last week by the Cumberland County Democratic Organization’s party committee.
The three are:
* Charlie Thomas, from Bridgeton, former chairman of the Cumberland County College Board of Trustees.
* Donna Pearson, former Bridgeton city councilwoman and county freeholder.
* Francis J. Riley, a member of the county Democratic Party committee (not to be confused with area Republican Fran Reilly).
In my opinion, the quality candidate from this bunch would be Donna Pearson, hands down. I know for a fact that Donna would be the last one to continue with Magazzu style dirt-bag politics. If she is selected, perhaps Whelan should ten step down as Director and give it to the more qualified candidate. Pearson has proven herself a person that is above CCDO gutter politics.
Whelan is the last vestige of Lou Magazzu’s regime. He learned the wrong way to run this county from his master, Magazzu. He was all too happy to be involved with last years gutter campaign against a non-candidate; the sooner he is out, the better.