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Barbara Holcomb. Photo courtesy of Century 21 Real Estate.

Holcomb wins Camden freeholder seat

Former Winslow deputy mayor replaces Shin Angulo

By David Wildstein, January 29 2020 11:49 am

Democrats have selected Barbara Holcomb to fill a vacant seat on the Camden County Board of Freeholders.

Holcomb will replace Susan Shin Angulo, who resigned this month to become the new mayor of Cherry Hill.

She ran unopposed after no other candidate was nominated from the floor.

Collingswood Democratic Municipal Chair Kate Delany, who led a successful opposition slate of county committee candidates in the June 2019 primary, criticized the process used to fill the freeholder seat.

“Just prior, via email, committee members were told the selection committee couldn’t make a nomination for the Freeholder vacancy,” Delany said on Twitter. “Why weren’t they able? Why not fulfill the democratic process?”

At least one member of the progressive wing of the party, Kyle Nash, was interviewed by the selection committee for the seat.  Nash had run off the line for freeholder last year.

Holcomb, the former deputy mayor of Winslow, is the vice chair of the Camden County Democratic organization.  She served one term on the Winslow school board before winning a township council seat.

Her ascension to the freeholder seat will create a vacancy on the Camden County Board of Taxation.

Holcomb has not yet announced if she will run in a 2020 special election for the remaining fourteen months of Shin Angulo’s term.

William Tambussi, the counsel to the county Democrats, said that vote was only to fill the immediate vacancy and not to nominate Holcomb as the organization candidate for the June primary.

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