Jean DuBois, a former Gloucester County Freeholder and longtime county treasurer, died on February 28. She was 85.
DuBois had served as county treasurer for 23 years and a total of 33 years working in county government before making her first bid for public office. Her opportunity came in 2007 when Freeholder Helene Reed gave up her seat to run for Surrogate.
Teaming up with incumbent Joseph Brigandi, Jr., DuBois won by about 4,000 votes against Republicans Andrew Savicky and Paul Marino.
She served three years as a freeholder and did not seek re-election in 2010.
Retirements by DuBois and Brigandi opened the door for two Republicans, Larry Wallace and Vincent Nestore, Jr., to win the general election. Wallace and Nestore were the last two Republicans to win countywide until 2021.
DuBois, who lived in Mantua, is survived by her two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.