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Atlantic County Freeholder Amy Gatto

Atlantic picks first woman freeholder chair

Davis praises crack of glass ceiling in NJ politics

By David Wildstein, January 01 2019 4:48 pm

Republican Amy Gatto today became the first woman to chair the Atlantic County Board of Freeholders.

Maureen Kern was picked as vice chair of the 6-3 Republican majority.   

“With Freeholder Chair Amy Gatto and Vice Chair Maureen Kern being selected by their peers today in a unanimous bipartisan vote, Atlantic County has reached a historic milestone in helping crack the glass ceiling in New Jersey politics,” said Atlantic County GOP chairman Keith Davis.  “The hurdles against women in running for office and obtaining leadership positions are significant, even though more than half of the electorate is female. Amy Gatto and Maureen Kern persevered and prevailed. It’s a proud day for Atlantic County and our party. But our efforts to encourage and support more women to run for office will never let up until the composition of our boards, councils and commissions is a true reflection of the voters they represent.”

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