UNION COUNTY—With combined courthouse experience of 60 years, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Sheriff Ralph Froehlich are asking voters to extend their tenure for another term.
Froehlich was first elected to the post in 1977, a year after he was won a seat on the city council in Elizabeth. Before that, Froehlich was a lieutenant with 20 years experience on the city’s police force.
Rajoppi was also Froehlich’s running mate on the 1977 ballot as a candidate for mayor in Springfield.
In 1983, she was first elected as Register of Deeds and Mortgages, an office that was combined with that of the County Clerk 12 years later.
Froehlich’s 33 years and Rajoppi’s 27 years enable them to claim credit for making county government what it is today, but observers differ on whether that can be viewed as a strength.
A recent poll showed that two out of three Democratic voters believe the two incumbents have been on the public payroll too long.
Froehlich and Rajoppi are leading the Regular Political Organization of Union County slate against a group running under the Democrats for Change banner.
With combined courthouse experience of 60 years, County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi and Sheriff Ralph Froehlich have made county government what it is today.
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