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Claribel Azcona-Barber. (Photo: County of Middesex).

Azcona-Barber wins Middlesex Dem freeholder nod

By David Wildstein, March 11 2019 8:24 pm

Middlesex County Democrats tonight picked Claribel Azcona-Barber to replace retiring freeholder Blanquita Valenti.

Azcona-Barber, a close ally of New Brunswick mayor James Cahill, defeated former Perth Amboy councilman Joel Pabon.  She will join incumbents Charles Kenny and Kenneth Armwood on the Democratic organization line, along with Sheriff Mildred Scott.

Valenti is retiring after six terms on the freeholder board. The 84-year-old retired teacher was first elected freeholder in 2004 after serving as a New Brunswick city councilwoman and council president.

Barber has spent nineteen years as a Democratic county committeewoman from New Brunswick.  She has served as a legislative aide to Assemblyman Joseph Egan (D-New Brunswick), as an executive assistant to the New Jersey Secretary of State, and on the staffs of Governors James E. McGreevey and Jon Corzine.

“Middlesex County is incredibly fortunate to have such a diverse and talented group of individuals to represent Middlesex County both on the June primary ballot and in November,” said Middlsex county Democratic chairman  Kevin McCabe. “These candidates embody the very best of what Middlesex County has to offer, as they work to protect middle-class families in our county and across the state. I am proud of the strong candidates our organization has endorsed, and look forward to a strong showing this June and November.”

McCabe praised Valenti’s career as a freeholder and councilwoman.

“Freeholder Valenti has blazed a path for women in politics. She has spent her career helping those in need, with an especially strong focus on social services and education,” said Chirman McCabe. “I wholeheartedly believe that Clary Azcona-Barber will be a worthy successor to the strong legacy that Freeholder Valenti leaves behind. Sheriff Scott and Freeholders Armwood and Kenny have proven that their record of implementing sound fiscal policies has made a marked and tangible difference in the lives of our residents. I am proud that these candidates will anchor our ticket in June and in November.”
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