NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – When the Middlesex County Democratic Organization meets on October 18 to select a replacement for former Freeholder H. James Polos, Highland Park Councilwoman Elsie Foster-Dublin says she should be in the running.
After all, she reason, Polos is from Highland Park. And that means the unexpired seat should go to a Highland Park resident.
Foster-Dublin has sent a letter of intent and her resume to the county Democrats, explaining her experience in public service is similar to what Polos brought to the table. He resigned the seat last week to become executive director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.
“I think I am highly qualified, if given the opportunity to serve I will be able to hit the ground running. There would not be much of a learning curve,” said Foster-Dublin.
Foster-Dublin grabbed countywide attention last year when she challenged four other county Democrats for an 18th District Assembly vacancy the came about after Patrick Diegnan moved up to replace departing state Sen. Peter Barnes. That seat ultimately went to Robert Karabinchak, then an Edison councilman.
Foster-Dublin was first elected to the Highland Park council in 2000. She has since overseen nearly every borough department, served as Council President for eight years and as acting mayor. Foster-Dublin is president and CEO of Aunt Elsie’s Homestays, an International Student Housing organization.
TapInto New Brunswick has been covering the Polos resignation. Read our earlier coverage here.