I am Michael Penna and I am running for Freeholder to put an end to the one party rule that has dominated our county for far too long.
I chose to make Monmouth County my home because I love the people, the communities and the varied environment of this great county. I live near the beach in Asbury Park and I work in the rural section of Wickatunk in Marlboro Township.
I teach English and Drama to at-risk and special needs students at Collier High School. My daily commute brings me through areas of the county that enjoy great prosperity as well as areas challenged by poverty and need. For too long, our Freeholders have ignored these communities. I am running for Freeholder to be their voice and representative.
As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, my education, training and experience have prepared me to advocate for all residents of the county and not just the wealthy. I am driven by my commitment to social justice and equality.
I am devoted to preserving and protecting our environment. I am committed to expanding and ensuring access to desperately needed social services and to a quality education for all residents regardless of their zip code or the size of their bank account.
We grow and strengthen as a county, as a community, when we all grow strong together.
I’m Moira Nelson and I’m running for Monmouth County Freeholder to be the voice for all residents of the county. Advocating for the most vulnerable is in my DNA. I'm a long-time drug policy reform advocate, I've fought for racial & social justice and equity for years, and I've advocated for LGBTQ+ rights for decades.
I serve as Director of Drug Policy Reform (in a volunteer capacity) for a statewide grassroots organization. Just recently, I was appointed to serve on the New Jersey Democratic State Committee's Workplace Culture Program's Advisory Group. I sit on the advisory board for the fashion design program of the Donald M. Payne Schools of Technology in Newark, NJ.
Throughout my life, I've used my voice to speak up for the most vulnerable among us. I've mentored women in recovery, underprivileged teens, and young professionals throughout my career. I am dedicated to servant leadership to help individual members of society thrive in all aspects of their lives – in their homes, at work, and in their communities.
Born and raised in Middletown, I attended the town's public schools, then graduated from Red Bank Catholic in 1992, and am now a homeowner in Asbury Park. A New York University grad, I am a long-time fashion industry executive and a former small business owner.
We need a clear, ambitious, innovative vision that honors our heritage and carries us through the 21st century. I am committed to listening, to focusing on solutions, and if elected, I would be honored to represent your concerns on the Board of Chosen Freeholders.