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Annie Grant, Monmouth Democratic leader, dies at 83

Long Branch Democrat ran for county clerk in 1989

By David Wildstein, July 07 2019 5:24 pm

Annie Williams Grant, a fixture in Monmouth County Democratic politics for parts of four decades, died on July 3.  She was 83.

Grant became the Democratic candidate for Monmouth County Clerk in 1989.  She lost the general election to three-term incumbent Jane Clayton by about 30,000 votes, a 59%-41% margin. She won Long Branch by 18 points, and carried Asbury Park, Bradley Beach, Manalapan, Neptune and Roosevelt.

Grant served as treasurer of the Long Branch Democratic Club for more than 30 years.  She served as a Democratic County Committeewoman, and was active in Democratic campaigns at the local, county, state and national level.  She was inducted into the Monmouth County Democratic Hall of Fame in 2016.

She was appointed to the Long Branch Environmental Commission by Mayor Philip Huhn in 1989.

Gov. Jim Florio nominated her to serve as a commissioner of the Monmouth County Board of Taxation in 1991.  She was renominated by Governors Christine Todd Whitman, James E. McGreevey and Jon Corzine and served seventeen years on the tax board before her retirement in 2008.

“Annie Grant treats everyone as if they were the most important person in the world, no matter who they are,” Rep. Frank Pallone, the longtime Long Branch Democratic Municipal Chairman, said about her during her race for county clerk.

Grant is survived by her husband, Long Branch school board member and mayoral candidate Avery Grant, two children and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Long Branch, followed by a noon funeral service.

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