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Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita Valenti

Middlesex freeholder won’t seek re-election

Valenti will retire after 29 years in public office

By David Wildstein, February 01 2019 6:52 pm

Middlesex County Freeholder Blanquita Valenti said today that she would not seek re-election to a sixth term.

The 84-year-old retired teacher was first elected freeholder in 2004 after serving as a New Brunswick city councilwoman and council president.

She was elected to the council in 1990 on a ticket with mayoral candidate Jim Cahill and her council running mate, Joseph Egan.  She was the top vote-getter, defeating Edward Selby in the Democratic primary by 567 votes.

“Freeholder Valenti has been a very strong leader throughout her tenure as an educator and a public servant. Moreover, the Freeholder is the personification of dignity and class,” said Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe. “Freeholder Valenti spent the early part of her career educating students in Sayreville, New Brunswick and Iselin, and in 2005, joined the Board of Chosen Freeholders to continue making her mark in the community.”

McCabe credited Valenti’s role as chair of the county Department of Community Services with providing Middlesex County residents with a “quality, affordable life.” He said she exceeded the Board’s mission in creating programs to improve the quality of life for families, seniors, the disabled, and veterans.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Freeholder Valenti during our time as educators, and her personal and political vision for a better society for us all has never wavered,” said Middlesex County Democratic Vice Chair Beatrice Moskowitz. “Middlesex is a better place in which to live and raise a family because of Blanquita Valenti.”

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