Press release/July 29,2015
(BELLMAWR, NJ) - The Camden County Democratic Committee selected Freeholder Michelle Gentek-Mayer to replace on the fall ballot out-going County Surrogate Patricia Egan-Jones, who was nominated for a seat in the New Jersey General Assembly in the 5th District. The County Surrogate Judge is a state-mandated constitutional row office that administers wills, estates, trusts, and adoptions.
First elected a Freeholder in 2012, Mrs. Gentek-Mayer made a mark quickly in her first term, focusing on economic development and sustainability. Prior to winning public office, she was a long-time community leader, including serving as Chairwoman of her Neighborhood Watch for over 12 years, and as a member of the Gloucester Township Council. The Camden County Democratic Committee will meet soon to replace Gentek-Mayer on the fall ballot.
“I am excited about the opportunity to continue my service to Camden County as the next Surrogate,” said Mrs. Gentek-Mayer today. “Working with senior citizens has always been a passion of mine, but this office will allow me the unique opportunity to interact with both grieving families and, on a happier note, families expanding through adoption.
"I want to thank Surrogate Pat Jones for her long exemplary service to the people of Camden County. She has always been a role model for women interested in public life, myself included, and a fierce advocate for South Jersey, " said Gentek-Mayer.
"As the Senator representing Gloucester Township, I have observed the leadership and commitment of Michelle as an advocate, a local official, and as freeholder, and I couldn't think of a better nominee for this seat." said Fourth District Senator Fred Madden
State Senator Jim Beach, Chairman of the Camden County Democratic Committee added: "Michelle Gentek-Mayer will make an outstanding Surrogate because of her infectious enthusiasm and ability to relate to people. It's hard not to like Michelle. This is a position that requires a good ear and a solid shoulder for the many constituents dealing with difficult life decisions. There is no doubt in my mind that our Party selected the right candidate for this job."