UNION, NJ – Union County Freeholder and Union resident Vernell Wright, in the third year of her second term, has announced that she will not seek re-election in November.

“It has been my pleasure to serve the residents of Union County as a member of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for the past five years,” said Wright in a letter.  “I have had the opportunity to devote substantial time toward improving the lives of senior citizens, youth, and all who call Union County their home.”

Wright has been a resident of Vauxhall for more than 50 years.  In 2016, Freeholder Wright was recognized by the New Jersey Association of Counties with its Maurice Fitzgibbons ‘Freeholder of the Year’ award.

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Wright began her career in Union as a Title I teacher at Jefferson School in 1966.  Over the next thirty-six years she served in various positions in the Union Public Schools System. In 2005 she began serving as an adjunct faculty supervisor at Kean University until joining the Freeholder Board in 2012.

Freeholder Wright, a native of Camden, South Carolina, earned her BS in Biology from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She subsequently received her Master’s Degree in Education and the Behavioral Sciences and Certification in Educational Administration and Supervision from Newark State College, now Kean University, in Union.

“While I find myself enriched by this experience, and overwhelmed by the gravity of the work we have done on the municipal, county, and state level, I realize that the time has come for me to step down,” said Wright in her letter.