Former Runnemede Mayor Virginia Betteridge has emerged as the choice of Camden County Democratic leaders to fill an open county commissioner seat.
Democrats have a special election convention scheduled for Wednesday evening to fill the vacancy created by the secret resignation of Carmen Rodriguez.
Betteridge, who emigrated from Cuba as a child, is also expected to replace Rodriguez on the Democratic ticket for a three year term in the November general election. Rodriguez won the June 7 primary after she had resigned as county commissioner but before the public was infirmed of her departure.
Now the vice chair of the Camden County Board of Social Services, Betteridge spent on the Runnemede Township Council for eleven years, from 1994 to 2005, and as mayor from 2005 to 2010.
“It is the screening committee’s belief that Mayor Betteridge would serve the residents of Camden County honorably and would be a fantastic addition to an already vibrant and hardworking county commissioner board,” said State Sen. James Beach, the Camden County Democratic chairman.
Beach said Betteridge was selected by a party screening committee last night. It’s not clear if any other candidates were considered.
Rodriguez left to join Gov. Phil Murphy’s administration as the Camden County Executive Superintendent of Schools.