NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Middlesex County Democratic Organization last night selected North Brunswick Councilwoman Shanti Narra to replace Freeholder James Polos.


He submitted his resignation October 6 to serve as executive director of the Middlesex County Improvement Authority.


Shanti is a supervising attorney at The Legal Aid Society in New York, where she oversees a staff of 25 attorneys and other support staff.  She is a former member of the North Brunswick Planning Board. 

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In addition, she has served as Parliamentarian to the Middlesex County Organization since 2015.  Narra, a native of Hyderabad, India who immigrated to the United States at the age of three, is the first South Asian to serve on the Middlesex County freeholder board. She is a graduate of North Brunswick High School, Georgetown University – School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law School.


Shanti was among four candidates who screened before the county committee and was widely expected to be selected.  County officials expect she will run in November of 2017 for the remainder of Polos’ term.


 “The MCDO ran a transparent and democratic process, which allowed our county committee members to select Councilwoman Narra from a field of extremely qualified candidates,” said Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe. 


“She will make an outstanding member of the Board of Freeholders and Middlesex County residents are fortunate to have someone with her perspective and commitment to public service on the Board.”