I was recently asked why my campaign literature says conservative principles – practical solutions, when the office I’m seeking, County Surrogate, is so non-political.

A fair question! For those who do not know, the Surrogate is similar to a judge, but only for probate and wills, guardianships, and some parts of adoptions. The Surrogate is also the clerk of the Superior Court for certain related matters. These are not political matters, but they are very important – I would know, I’ve handled some of the most complex of matters in-front of the Surrogate’s Court for the past 15 years, and have had to use its services for my own family.

One of my core principles as an elected official (I'm currently one of your freeholders) is keeping spending low to ease the burden on our already overloaded taxpayers, especially those on fixed incomes. New Jersey was number one in the nation for people leaving the state last year – nearly twice as many left as entered, and that’s something to be ashamed of in my opinion.

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I know I will have to continue to keep a sharp eye on taxpayer dollars at the Surrogate’s office, but at I also want to make sure that we can provide services to people who are often dealing with very serious matters outside of court – caring for a special needs child or legally incompetent parent or loved one for example. Navigating legal matters can often be tricky - all the more so if you are worried about financial matters and are hesitant to initiate court proceedings.

I've worked together with the members of the Bar Association here in Morris County to put together a plan to provide reduced rate legal representation - all at no cost to the taxpayer.

Conservative Principles - Practical Solution!