District 2 Freeholder Tom Russo announced today that after 18 years of public service on the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders he will not be seeking reelection to a 7th term later this year.
?I am proud to have been a part of the finest run county government in the State of New Jersey,? said Freeholder Russo. ?Now is the time for new leadership to join the Freeholder Board to meet the challenges which lie ahead.?
Russo was first elected to the Freeholder Board in 1991 and voters returned him to office in 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, and 2006.
?Tom Russo has been part of the same Republican leadership in Atlantic County which has held the line on county taxes while funding critical county services — like programs for our seniors and veterans,? said Freeholder Board Chairman Jim Curcio. ?He has been a great asset to this Board.?
Freeholder Frank Giordano echoed Curcio?s comments: ?I think Tom Russo will principally be known for his work on acquiring thousands of acres of open space for future generations here in Atlantic County which has enhanced our quality of life.?
In addition to his years on the Freeholder Board, Russo also spent four years as an Atlantic City Councilman including one year as the Council President.
?Most of Tom Russo?s life has been devoted to public service in one form or another,? recalled County Executive Dennis Levinson. ?Whether it?s the three years he served in the Army, the years he spent making Atlantic City a better place to live, or the last 18 years which he devoted to improving the lives of residents throughout Atlantic County.?
Atlantic County Republicans will meet in the spring at their annual convention to nominate a candidate to run for Russo?s seat in the fall.
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