2016 County Republican Candidates


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Sheriff Shaun Golden

Shaun Golden is a lifelong Monmouth County resident, and has accumulated over 25 years of law enforcement and public safety experience. He is an experienced EMT, paramedic, and volunteer firefighter. As Monmouth County’s Sheriff, Golden oversees a 600 member department which includes law enforcement, corrections, and communications. During his time as Sheriff, he has implemented over 30 public safety seminars in order to educate our children and seniors on various public safety topics. Golden also oversees countywide emergency response efforts and led the public safety response during Superstorm Sandy. Earlier this year, Sheriff Golden began the first in the state “Special Needs Registry,” a free and voluntary program for residents with special needs to ensure successful outcomes with emergency service personnel. He has enacted numerous shared service agreements with local towns, particularly for the 9-1-1 call center, saving taxpayers millions of dollars. Golden also works at Monmouth University as an adjunct professor.


Surrogate Rosemarie Petersunspecified

As County Surrogate, Rosemarie Peters’ office is a source of help and compassion to people in a time of personal need. Surrogate Peters oversees probate of wills, guardianships for minors and incapacitated persons, and adoptions. Peters also serves as Clerk to the NJ Superior Court, Chancery Division, Probate Part, and Family Part for adoptions. Before becoming County Surrogate, she had previously served as Middletown’s Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Township Committeewoman. Peters’ expertise on wills and guardianships has inspired her to deliver hundreds of lectures around the County on topics ranging from “The costs of not having a will” to “Guardianships, powers of attorney, and living wills.” She also initiated and chaired Middletown’s open space preservation committee.


Freeholder Director Tom Arnone

unspecifiedTom Arnone is currently serving as the Freeholder Director on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Before becoming a Freeholder, Tom was a Neptune City Councilman and Mayor. In addition to his political career, Arnone is currently the Vice-President of property management at the PRC Group in West Long Branch, and was a small business owner for 30 years. As a Monmouth County Freeholder, Arnone voted for and enacted the largest property tax and spending cut in the County’s history. His experience in business helped him found the “Grow Monmouth” and “Made in Monmouth” programs in order to help the County’s business community, and grow the local economy. Additionally, Arnone has helped secure federal grant money for bridge and road repairs throughout the County, and worked in a bipartisan manner to get Shark River dredged, as the waterway had become unhealthy and dangerous.


Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

unspecifiedSerena DiMaso has served as Monmouth County Freeholder since 2012 and is a 2-time Deputy Director of the Board. She formerly served as Holmdel Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and Township Committeewoman. As Freeholder, DiMaso is leading the charge on Zika awareness efforts, and this past year she voted for and enacted the largest property tax and spending cut in the County’s history. She serves as liaison to the Monmouth County Improvement Authority, which maintains the County’s triple-a bond rating (1 of only 33 Counties in the nation to achieve such a rating). Serena also serves on the Meridian Hospital board of trustees; she is a Chairwoman to the Bayshore Hospital charitable foundation, an active First Aid volunteer, and a National Membership Chair of the Foundation of Women Legislators.