DANIEL J. O'CONNELL
Director - Board of County Commissioners
Dan O’Connell brings proven leadership and the experience we need in Burlington County. Dan was raised in Burlington County, graduated from Holy Cross High School, attended Marquette University and later returned to live in Delran. Dan started his career as a locomotive fireman and completed training to become a locomotive engineer for Conrail and New Jersey Transit. Dan earned the position of State Director of United Transportation Union where he addresses the issues of its members in ten locals throughout New Jersey.
From contract negotiations to constituent issues, Dan uses his experience to pool resources and resolve issues. O'Connell was initially chosen by the BCDC to fill a vacancy, and then was the victor in a special election in 2019. He now serves his first full term, and was also elected Director of the Board for 2022.
Deputy Director - Board of County Commissioners
An IT executive, former Mayor of Edgewater Park, and former School Board President, Tom’s extensive government experience means he’s ready to get to work on day one. He’s fought to preserve open spaces, keep taxes under control, and invest in infrastructure projects. Tom lives in Edgewater Park with his wife Catherine, they have three grown children and two adorable grandchildren.
Tom served on the Edgewater Park Board of Education for five years, and also served as it's President. He served for fifteen years on Edgewater Park's Township Committee, and was Mayor in 2004 and 2014. He's also a longtime participant in the Boy Scouts of America, achieving the Rank of Eagle Scout and later in life continuing as an adult leader helping to shape the character of young men within the organization.
Tom is currently employed by CDW as an Networking Advisor to the Small Business Sales Force supporting approximately 1200 Account Managers Nation Wide.
Board of County Commissioners
Balvir Singh is a proud resident of Burlington Township where he and his wife, Sandeep, are raising their three beautiful children GJ, Guni, and AJ. He is a full-time public high school teacher and a part-time lecturer at the Rowan College at Burlington County. He has been awarded numerous awards in his academic career and has presented internationally on teaching and learning of mathematics, including recently in Germany and Ecuador.
Balvir was first elected to the Burlington Township School Board in 2014 and served as the chair of the district’s finance committee, overseeing a $70 million budget.
Balvir was elected to the Burlington County Commissioner Board in a history-making 2017 election. He is the first Asian-American to be elected to a countywide position in Burlington County and the first Sikh-American to be elected to a countywide position in the State of New Jersey. He oversees Public Safety, Resource Conservation, and Elections.
Board of County Commissioners
Felicia Hopson is a resident of Willingboro and is Director of Operations for a Financial Services Company. Felicia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Benedict College in Columbia, SC. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Wilmington University in Wilmington, DE.
Felicia served on the Willingboro School Board for 4 years and held the offices of Vice President and President. During Felicia’s tenure on the school board, there was a 28% increase in students participating in PARCC testing, an increase in academic achievement in English and Mathematics and 5 consecutive years of increased graduation rate from Willingboro High School.
Additionally, Felicia is very active with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Pi Omega Chapter. She has been a member of her sorority for over 25 years. She joined Theta Pi Omega Chapter in 2013 and has served on several committees.
Joanne Schwartz is a Semi-Retired Health Care Administrator, experienced in compliance, turnarounds and transitions. Her work experience has spanned all aspects of the health care continuum, including hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and independent housing. She is a former probation officer and has been an adjunct faculty member in the Rowan University system, where she taught courses in sociology and criminal justice. In 2018, she was elected Clerk of Burlington County.
She is a life member and former President of both the Mount Laurel and Hampton Lakes Emergency Squads, having been an emergency medical technician for almost 20 years. She is presently a Trustee of Hampton Lakes Emergency Squad and a former Commissioner of the Mount Laurel Fire Department.
Joanne is a frequent guest speaker to area groups on issues facing caregivers. She has been a speaker and panelist at numerous professional association conferences on topics related to the provision and improvement of health care services.
Anthony Basantis is a lifelong resident of Burlington County. Tony is a career Law Enforcement Officer with almost 15 years as a Sheriff's Officer in the Burlington County Sheriff's Department, and also over 2 years of experience as a Probation Officer in the Judiciary. Currently, Tony serves as the President of the Burlington County Sheriff's Officers FOP Lodge #166, and was elected Sheriff of Burlington County in 2019.
Tony has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University, and is a graduate of the Burlington County Police Academy.
BRIAN J. CARLIN
The many duties of the Surrogate’s Court include the probating of wills, appointing of estate administrators, supervising the appointment of guardians and administering adoptions. The responsibility as Surrogate is to oversee the administration of the many services offered by this Surrogate's Court, and work to make the emotionally difficult experience that can be associated with the Surrogate’s Court a professional and sensitive experience.
Prior to being elected Surrogate in 2021, Brian Carlin served as Mayor of Burlington Township.
NEW JERSEY STATE LEGISLATURE
6th District: Maple Shade
7th District: Beverly, Bordentown City, Bordentown Twp, Burlington City, Burlington Twp, Cinnaminson, Delanco, Delran, Edgewater Park, Fieldsboro, Florence, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Palmyra, Riverside, Riverton, Willingboro
8th District: Eastampton, Evesham Twp, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mansfield, Medford, Medford Lakes, Mount Holly, Pemberton Borough, Pemberton Township, Shamong, Southampton, Springfield, Westampton and Woodland
9th District: Bass River, Tabernacle and Washington Twp.
12th District: Chesterfield, New Hanover, North Hanover and Wrightstown
State Senator, 7th district
Senator Troy Singleton has devoted his life to public service in government, political, and policy posts at all levels. His rapid rise to the highest levels of management in the New Jersey Legislature and as an elected official is a testament to his widely praised talent for assessing, developing, and implementing clear and pragmatic responses to major public policy challenges.
Senator Singleton graduated with a degree in business administration and finance from Rowan University. He began his career as Legislative Director for New Jersey Assemblymen Herb Conaway and Jack Conners in the district he would come to represent. He was honored to then serve as Deputy Executive Director of the New Jersey General Assembly Majority Office and Chief of Staff under the highly respected Assembly Speaker Joseph J. Roberts, Jr.
In 2011, he was elected to his first term in the New Jersey General Assembly, representing the over 220,000 residents of the 7th Legislative District. Senator Singleton was elected to the New Jersey State Senate in November 2017 and currently serves as Chairman of the Senate Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, Vice Chairman of the Senate Economic Growth Committee and as a member of the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
Senator Singleton is a devoted husband and father of three who has long included personal involvement in his community as an essential component of his life.
Assemblyman, 7th district
Dr. Herb Conaway is the longtime representative for the Seventh Legislative District in New Jersey’s General Assembly. In the Assembly, Dr. Conaway serves as the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Vice Chairman of the State and Local Government Committee, and member of the Appropriations Committee.
Dr. Conaway is the only member of the New Jersey Legislature with both a medical and a law degree. A Burlington County native, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Politics from Princeton University, earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and earned his law degree from Rutgers Law School, Camden. After graduating medical school, the Assemblyman served as a United States Air Force Captain, a general medical officer, and an assistant director of the Primary Care Clinic at McGuire Air Force Base. Currently, he practices internal medicine in Trenton. Dr. Conaway is Director of the Burlington County Department of Health and continues to lead us through the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Dr. Conaway wrote the Health Information Technology Promotion Act which established the state’s electronic medical records infrastructure and created a commission to oversee the development, implementation and oversight of the program. The Assemblyman sponsored New Jersey’s Primary Seat Belt Law, expanded the list of crimes for collecting DNA samples, and added technology to New Jersey schools core curriculum standards.
Assemblywoman, 7th district
Carol Murphy is serving in her first term as State Assemblywoman representing the Seventh Legislative District comprising parts of Burlington County. Elected in 2017, Carol became the first woman in twenty years to represent the Seventh Legislative District in the state assembly and is the first Democrat from Mount Laurel to ever serve in the state legislature.
Carol is the proud daughter of a Bronze Star US Army Veteran, having learned the importance of public service from an early age and has dedicated her life to making a difference. As a young adult, Carol volunteered to renovate, upgrade and build parks to give children a safe place to play. As her passion for service grew, Carol went to work in state government where she increased transparency, helped build public schools across New Jersey, worked on public policy to ensure pay equity, fought for economic opportunity, access to healthcare, reduce gun violence, provide affordable prescription drugs for seniors, stood up for LGBTQ rights, and reduce our property tax burden. Carol was especially proud to work with lawmakers and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords to pass a law that removes domestic violence abusers’ access to firearms.
Carol Murphy has quickly become a leader in the General Assembly as she serves as Vice-Chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee, and a member of both, the State Budget and Financial Institutions committees.
Carol Murphy is on the Board of Directors of the Alice Paul Institute, serves as a New Jersey State Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators, continues as an active member of the Girl Scouts Trefoil Society and is the founder of Maria’s Women United, a South Jersey organization for Democratic women. Carol and her husband Michael live in the Rancocas Pointe section of Mount Laurel.
State Senator, 6th district
Mr. Beach joined the State Senate on Jan. 13, 2009, five days after he was selected by District Democratic Committee members to fill a vacancy. He won a special election for the final two years of the unexpired term in November, 2009, and was re-elected in 2011, 2013 and 2017.
Upon taking the oath, Mr. Beach resigned from his position as Camden County Clerk. Prior to being elected clerk, in 1995, he served two terms on the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, starting in 1991. He is also a co-chairman of Camden County’s Democratic Party.
The senator is a former educator and football coach for several southern New Jersey high schools including Woodrow Wilson and St. Joseph’s, in Camden, and Highland Regional, in Blackwood. At the time of his retirement he was director of vocational education for the Black Horse Pike Regional School District.
Senator Beach was born in 1946. He graduated from Rowan University in 1976. He and his wife, Linda, have two children, Jimmy and Kristie, and four grandchildren.
Assemblyman, 6th district
Louis Greenwald is the Majority Leader of the New Jersey General Assembly and represents the 6th Legislative District. He has served in the Assembly since 1996, making him the longest-serving non-municipal elected official in Burlington County.
Greenwald was the Assembly's Budget Committee Chair from 2002 to 2012 and was the Assistant Minority Leader from 1998-1999. Greenwald served on the Budget Committee (as Chair), the Appropriations Committee and the Joint Budget Oversight Committee. Assemblyman Greenwald is a member of the Camden County Bar Association, the Camden County Democratic Committee and the Camden County Traffic Safety Task Force Committees. He was a member of the CEO/Executive Advisory Board for the Southern New Jersey Council Boy Scouts of America.
Raised in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Greenwald graduated from Cherry Hill High School East, earned a B.A. in 1989 from Moravian College in Political Science and was awarded a J.D. in 1992 from the Seton Hall University School of Law. Greenwald is the son of the late Maria Barnaby Greenwald, a former Mayor of Cherry Hill Township and a former Camden County Freeholder Director and Surrogate. He lives in Voorhees Township with his wife Cynthia and three children - Lauren, Eric, and Jenna.
Assemblywoman, 6th district
Pamela Lampitt is a New Jersey General Assemblywoman currently serving the 6th legislative district. She has served since 2006, and has served as Deputy Speaker since 2012.
Assemblywoman Lampitt earned her A.S. in culinary science from Johnson and Wales University in 1981. Her professional experience includes working as the general manager for conference services at the University of Pennsylvania. Lampitt served as a council member on the Cherry Hill Township Council from 2004 to 2006 and as a member of the Cherry Hill Zoning Board from 2003 to 2004.
56th Governor of New Jersey
Governor Phil Murphy, as he says, “grew up in a family that was middle class on a good day,” the youngest of four children with only one parent who graduated high school. His upbringing – where religion, a strong work ethic, education, and civic awareness were pillars of family life – shaped his values, his priorities, and the leader he is today.
Since taking office, Governor Murphy has focused on building a stronger and fairer New Jersey that works for every family. He has signed legislation putting New Jersey on the path to a $15-an-hour minimum wage, enacted the nation’s strongest equal pay law to combat gender wage discrimination, ensured all workers have access to paid sick days, and expanded the state's Paid Family Leave provisions.
In 2009, he answered President Obama’s call to service and, following his confirmation by the United States Senate, became the U.S. Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany, where he served until 2013.
Governor Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy live in Monmouth County and are the parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam.
A proud public-school product, Governor Murphy holds degrees from Harvard University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
2nd Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey
Lieutenant Governor Oliver was inspired as a young girl to be a fighter for the voiceless when her eyes were opened to societal injustices and inequities around her, often citing “A Tale of Two Cities” as her youth awakening. She has since pioneered a successful career in public service advocating for social justice, women’s equality, and education, ultimately becoming the first woman of color to serve in a statewide elected office in New Jersey history.
In addition to her role as Lieutenant Governor, she serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, where she has led efforts to strengthen and expand initiatives for fair and affordable housing, community revitalization, homelessness prevention, and local government services that support New Jersey’s 565 municipalities.
In 2003, she was elected to serve the 34th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly.
A trailblazer in every sense of the word, in 2010 she became the first African-American woman in state history to serve as Assembly Speaker, and just the second in the nation’s history to lead a state legislative house.
Congressman Andy Kim was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018. He represents the Third Congressional District of New Jersey, which stretches from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean encompassing most of Burlington County and parts of Ocean County.
Congressman Kim grew up in South Jersey, the proud son of Korean immigrants. His father and mother raised Andy and his sister in South Jersey because of the top notch public school system and safe communities. Andy attended public K-12 schools and credits the quality of his education with helping him become a Rhodes Scholar and leading national security expert.
Andy is a dedicated public servant, who believes service is a way of life. He worked as a career public servant under both Democrats and Republicans, and served at the Pentagon, State Department, the White House National Security Council, and in Afghanistan as an advisor to Generals Petraeus and Allen.
He currently lives in Burlington County with his wife and two sons.
U.S. House of Representatives, 1st district
MUNICIPALITIES SERVED: Maple Shade and Palmyra
Born and raised in South Jersey, Donald is committed to improving the lives of working families by focusing on the issues that matter most to them: raising wages and strengthening our economy, ensuring affordable access to a high-quality education, and supporting the brave men and women that protect our nation and our neighborhoods.
He knows firsthand what it’s like to be a single parent having to balance work, family life and a checkbook. Early in Donald’s career, he worked for minimum wage, and when construction work was slow or he was injured on the job, he was thankful for unemployment and disability insurance. These on-the-job experiences shape his work in Congress. Now, his top priority is raising the federal minimum wage with common-sense predictability over the next seven years to $15 an hour.
Donald is the only electrician in Congress and worked for years installing and restoring power for New Jersey homes, businesses and industrial sites. He rose through the ranks and eventually became a business agent for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 351, as well as President of the Southern New Jersey AFL-CIO, where he advocated on behalf of thousands of hardworking men and women for nearly 20 years.
As a graduate of both Camden County College and a skilled apprenticeship program, Donald knows we need to advance job-training programs in our country. He also fully understands the value of a quality, affordable education and, as a member of the New Jersey Legislature, he played a key role in historic higher education reforms that established New Jersey as a research and medical education hub.
Donald has developed a reputation as an effective, bipartisan reformer. Among his accomplishments, he led the charge to increase New Jersey’s minimum wage and championed a groundbreaking effort to improve our economy and bring new, family-sustaining jobs to the region.
As the only member of New Jersey’s congressional delegation on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, Donald is working to raise wages, protect the middle class, strengthen workplace protections and advance paid leave and equal pay. He also serves on the House Armed Services Committee where he focuses on protecting our national security, supporting service members and veterans, and strengthening New Jersey’s Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Donald was appointed by the members of his caucus to serve as Assistant Whip in the 115th Congress. He was also selected to be a member of the Steering & Policy Committee, the Communications Committee and, most recently, as a Co-Chair of the Rebuilding America Task Force. He is also a founding member of the bipartisan Building Trades Caucus and vice-chair of the Bipartisan Task Force to Combat the Heroin Epidemic.
Donald and his wife Andrea live in Camden City and are the proud parents of three grown children and grandparents of two.
Senior U.S. Senator
Senator Bob Menendez’s story is a quintessential American story. He grew up the son of Cuban immigrants in a tenement building in Union City and has risen to become one of 100 United States Senators. He served as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the 113th Congress. The Committee is one of the oldest and most revered Committees in the Senate, at a time when world affairs has a dramatic impact on our economy at home. He has earned a national reputation for his international leadership in the Senate, which pairs with his long-time reputation as a fighter for New Jersey families who puts their economic security ahead of powerful special interests.
A product of New Jersey's public schools and a graduate of the state's universities, Bob learned early on the importance of standing up for what's right, no matter how powerful the opposition. He first entered public service as a 19-year-old college student when his high school would not provide books to students who could not afford them. Bob launched a successful petition drive to reform the local school board and a year later won a seat on that very board. He stood up to corruption in Union City and went on to become its mayor, a state legislator and was elected to Congress in 1992. He quickly rose to leadership positions and has given New Jerseyans a seat at the table during critical negotiations on every issue since then: war and peace, jobs and the economy, education, health care, veterans issues, world affairs, transportation and housing.
Senator Menendez’s career has been a tribute to his desire to protect the powerless from the powerful and ensure fairness for every American. He led the fight in Congress to make sure New Jersey received its fair share of recovery funds to help communities rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, chaired Senate Banking Committee hearings to hold the administration accountable for getting relief resources out of Washington, and passed landmark bipartisan legislation providing relief to homeowners hit with unreasonably high flood insurance premiums.
The son of immigrants, Bob understands the importance of New Jersey’s Liberty State Park, in the shadow of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, at the gateway for millions of immigrants who came to this nation seeking the American Dream and a better life for them and their children. That’s why he was one of eight Senators who wrote and fought for comprehensive immigration reform legislation that passed the Senate in 2013 with an overwhelming bipartisan show of support.
While Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he established himself as a new foreign policy leader for a new century, seeking to do globally what he has done in New Jersey – supporting the most vulnerable in our society and lending a voice to those least able to speak for themselves. He has advocated for women and children struggling with oppressive poverty in Central America and Africa, and stood by democracy activists struggling to reform governments from Cuba to China to Russia. In addition, he has evoked a strong national security posture in the face of tyrannical leaders of Russia, Iran and Syria. He has led the Foreign Relations Committee in bipartisan efforts, reaching across the aisle in September 2013 to unanimously pass a resolution to allow the President to use military force in Syria, which led to the end of the use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Bob uses economic statecraft to realize the nexus between economic issues and foreign policy to allow America – and New Jersey – to prosper in our intertwined global economy Bob has been widely recognized for his leadership on promoting safe and healthy families. He has championed legislation to support mothers suffering from postpartum depression, help families meet the challenges of autism, and keep young athletes safe from harm on the playing field. He serves on the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee and has championed increased consumer protection and corporate accountability, fairness in lending, affordable housing, and comprehensive approaches to community revitalization. He served as Chairman of the Banking Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation and Community Development where he fought for smart growth, jobs for the 21st Century and updating our aging transportation system. As a member of the Finance Committee, he has sponsored legislation increasing access to health care, advocated for fairness in the tax code to help middle class families get college educations and be able to retire, and Bob has pushed for trade initiatives to ensure America’s global competitiveness.
Bob received his B.A. from St. Peter's College in Jersey City and his law degree from Rutgers University. He currently lives in Paramus and has two children, Alicia and Robert.
Junior U.S. Senator
Cory Booker was raised in Harrington Park, living his life as a proud New Jerseyan. After graduating from Northern Valley Regional High School, Booker received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University where he played on the varsity football team. While at Stanford, he also was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and went on to study at the University of Oxford where he received an honors degree in History. Booker then completed his education at Yale Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1997.
After law school, Booker moved to Newark – where he still lives to this day – and started a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families and help tenants take on slumlords, improve living conditions, and stay in their homes.
At the age of twenty-nine, Booker was elected to the Newark City Council from the city’s Central Ward. In the seventeen years since, Booker has worked tirelessly at the local and national levels to improve the lives of New Jerseyans and Americans.
Starting in 2006, Booker proudly served as Newark’s mayor for more than seven years. During his tenure, the city entered its largest period of economic growth since the 1960s. In addition, overall crime declined and the quality of life for residents improved due to initiatives such as more affordable housing, new green spaces and parks, increased educational opportunities, and more efficient city services.
On October 16th, 2013, Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. On November 4th, 2014, Senator Booker was re-elected to a full six year term. As New Jersey’s junior Senator, Cory Booker has brought an innovative and bipartisan approach to tackling some of the most difficult problems facing New Jersey and our country.
Senator Booker has established himself as an innovative and bipartisan problem-solver committed to developing collaborative solutions that address some of our most complex challenges. Whether it’s advocating for more federal resources to modernize New Jersey’s transportation system, securing funds to continue the long recovery from Superstorm Sandy, or ensuring that our communities are safe from the effects of pollution and climate change, Booker has proven his steadfast commitment to standing up for what matters most to New Jerseyans. Booker has also emerged as a national leader in the Congressional push for common sense criminal justice reform, advocating for front-end sentencing reforms, pushing for the banning of juvenile solitary confinement in federal facilities, and spearheading legislation to make the hiring process fairer for the formerly incarcerated. Booker has also partnered with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to create a number of economic proposals, from increased small business investment to apprenticeship programs, with the hope of fostering greater economic mobility and opportunity for individual Americans.
Booker currently serves on the following committees:
Booker is the ranking member of the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, the Senate panel responsible for overseeing Amtrak and passenger rail in the U.S.
46th President of the United States
Joe Biden served as the 47th Vice President of the United States with President Barack Obama. Before his two terms as VP, he was a distinguished US Senator from Delaware for 36 years.
Joe was born in Scranton, PA in 1942 before his family moved to Delaware, where he fought for the little guy as a public defender and eventually on the New Castle County Council.
Not long after becoming a Senator, Biden tragically lost his wife Neilia and daughter Naomi in a car accident. Joe was left to be a single dad to his two sons Hunter and Beau.
49th Vice President of the United States
Kamala has spent her life fighting injustice. It’s a passion that was first inspired by her mother, Shyamala, an Indian-American immigrant, activist, and breast cancer researcher. Growing up in Oakland, Kamala had a stroller-eye view of the Civil Rights movement. She is the first woman and first African-American to be elected Vice President.
After earning an undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings, she began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
In 2003, Kamala became the District Attorney of the City and County of San Francisco. Among her achievements as District Attorney, Harris started a program that gives first-time drug offenders the chance to earn a high school diploma and find employment.
In 2017, Kamala D. Harris was sworn in as a United States Senator for California, the second African-American woman and first South Asian-American senator in history. She serves on the Committees for Homeland Security, Governmental Affairs, Intelligence, Judiciary and Budget.
It’s the privilege of Kamala’s life to work on behalf of the people of California. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Doug Emhoff, and is stepmother to Ella and Cole Emhoff.