NEWTON, NJ –Freeholder Richard Vohden has announced he will not seek re-election.  Instead, Vohden says he will support Freeholder candidates David Gray and Kathleen Gorman. 

Vohden released a statement in which he stated, I, Richard Vohden, have given considerable thought to this decision and I will not be running for reelection for the Sussex County Freeholder Board.

In a statement, Vohden shared his impression that “Sussex County has some very serious economic and demographic problems, specific to our county that are not being addressed or even explored.”

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Green Township resident Vohden was first elected to Freeholder in 2011. 

Vohden said he was ready to run, having already “filled out a petition.”  Instead he said he spent some time talking with and listening to Gray and Gorman and decided he would support their candidacy instead.

“I wholeheartedly support this team,” he said.  “They have the intelligence, common sense and integrity to do the job.”

Incumbent George Graham has teamed up with Hopatcong Mayor Sylvia Petillo.  Their filed petitions have them running under the slogan as “the true conservatives.”

Graham, a resident of Stanhope was first appointed to the board in April of 2013 and elected as Freeholder the following Nov.  Graham served Stanhope for three terms on the borough council. 

Petillo was re-elected to her second four-year term as mayor. She has also served her community as a member of the Planning Board and Board of Education.   

Michelle Van Allen is also planning a run as the Sussex County Democratic Committee candidate.  The committee published a list of dates for people to meet Van Allen and sign her petition.   

The deadline for candidates to file their nominating petition is April 4.