The Republican Committee of Union County is holding its annual "Lincoln Day Reception" in honor of one of America's greatest Presidents this Thursday, February 21 from 6pm to 8pm at L'Affaire in Mountainside. The Committee is honoring several individuals for their service to the Republican party from Union County.
The Co-"Elizabeth Cox Volunteers of the Year" are Summit GOP Chairwoman Lisa Allen and Elizabeth Baamonde, the Chair of the Union County Young Republicans, based in large part upon their leadership in party building and hosting of campaign training programs. This award honors the memory of Elizabeth Cox, former Summit GOP Chairwoman, Assemblywoman, Republican volunteer and women's rights activist.
The "Bob Franks Elected Official of the Year" is Berkeley Heights Mayor Joseph Bruno for his leadership in raising awareness of the fiscal irresponsibility and mismanagement of Union County government by leading a secession movement as well as his close personal contact with residents during Superstorm Sandy, including hosting dinners at Town Hall for displaced residents. The Bob Franks award honors the memory and service of long-time Union County resident Bob Franks, who served as a Representative to the U.S. Congress, Assemblyman and State Republican Chairman.
The "Martin Luther King Jr. Courage Award" will be presented to Rahway GOP Vice Chairman and 2012 Republican National Committee Delegate Ronald Perry, for his leadership in the African-American community as to Republican principles and ideals.
The "Abraham Lincoln Leadership Award," which honors a Union County Republican who has dedicated his life to public service, will be presented to Richard H. Bagger, former Westfield Mayor, Assemblyman, State Senator and Chief of Staff to Governor Chris Christie.
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