To the Editor
I have met Alicia Ferrante a few times and she seems like a nice woman and I have heard that she is a competent lawyer.
But I would like to clarify to the voters of Sussex County something that she says in her campaign for Surrogate.
Ms Ferrante claims that because she is a lawyer, she is more qualified to be Surrogate. This statement is misleading. Every county in New Jersey has a Surrogate and the requirements and qualifications of that office are set by the State Legislature. When you read those qualifications, it is clear that the Surrogate does not have to be a lawyer. Given the fact that many of the Legislators are attorneys, wouldn't you think if they thought this position should be held by an attorney, they would have put that in the law? In fact, Sussex County has had a Surrogate since 1753 and in all that time there has never been a lawyer in that position.
As many of you know my husband, Bob, has the distinction of being the longest serving Legislator in the history of New Jersey. During his 40 year career he served his constituents with common sense and compassion. He was always approachable and easy to talk to. And Bob is not a lawyer!
Surrogate Gary Chiusano embodies these same qualities and has served the people of Sussex County with tireless dedication. We are also fortunate to have another great candidate in Freeholder Rich Vohden. As a farmer, Rich understands the basic needs of Sussex County, and works to contain the cost of County government.
So I think it is clear that Sussex County doesn't need lawyers to have good government. We need good Conservative and dedicated people to serve the people in Sussex County.
This is why I respectively submit to you that Surrogate Gary Chiusano and Freeholder Rich Vohden are the best choices for Republicans to nominate on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
Virginia Newman Littell