Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry is running for a fifth term on the board.
Burry is completing her perhaps most accomplished term on the Board of Chosen Freeholders. Her work was instrumental in the acquisition of Fort Monmouth from the federal government.
While working through her decision to seek reelection or enjoy a well earned retirement, the Director told MMM that she loves doing the job, but did not relish another campaign or possible nominating convention challenge. She told MMM yesterday that Freeholder Gary Rich’s decision not to seek reelection was the deciding factor in her choice to soldier on. “I feel strongly about the need for continuity on the Board,” Burry said. “With Gary stepping down and with Serena (DiMaso) likely moving on to the the State Assembly in January, there could have been three new freeholders next year.”
Monmouth GOP Chairman Shaun Golden said he was very happy with Burry’s choice to continue her public service. “Director Burry’s contributions to Monmouth County—from our great park system, library and the arts to the redevelopment of Fort Monmouth and Sandy Hook to open space and historic preservation–are legendary. She works harder and has more energy that most elected officials in the state.”
Burry is likely to be teamed up on the ballot with Holmdel Township Committeeman Pat Impreveduto. Howell Councilman Bob Walsh and Middletown Committeeman Steve Massell said they are not running this year. Atlantic Highlands Councilman Peter Doyle has not yet declared his intentions. Golden said he was scheduled to speak with Doyle today. The deadline for candidates to file for the GOP’s endorsement for state and county offices is tomorrow, March 4. The nominating convention is March 18.