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Aimee Belgard, Burlington County Freeholder Candidate

Aimee Belgard, a Democratic committeewoman in Edgewater Park, brings a wealth of volunteer experience to the race for Burlington County freeholder.

General Information

Name : Ms. Aimee Belgard
Date of birth : 30 April 1974
Place of residence : Edgewater Park

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : Stockton College
Degree : B.S., Environmental Studies
Year of graduation : 1996

Grad school

Ph D.

University : Widener University School of Law
Area of research : Law
Year of graduation : 1999

Employment Information

Job titles held : Attorney
Employers : Sweeney & Sheehan, P.C.

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Burlington County Freeholder
Chamber/district: Edgewater Park, Burlington County
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : Edgewater Park Township Committee, 2010-present
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : 2011, Burlington County Freeholder

Party HQ

Address 3003 Lincoln Drive West, Suite F
Marlton, NJ 08053

URLs

Website : www.burlcodems.com
Facebook : Aimee Belgard for Freeholder""

Other facts

An elected committeewoman in the Township of Edgewater Park since 2010, Aimee Belgard also serves as liaison to the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee and on the Edgewater Park Planning Board. Aimee is a trial and appellate litigator and practices law throughout New Jersey. She is the president-elect of the Board of the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division and a board member of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, where she has served on the governance and income development committees. Aimee is a member of the Riverfront Advisory Board of the YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties. She is also an active member of Neighborhood Watch. In 2006, Aimee was named one of 10 People Who Made a Difference in Burlington County by the Burlington County Times. Recently, Aimee was presented with the Capitol Dome Award by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for her outstanding public policy achievements and leadership on legislative issues in the fight against cancer, and in September 2012 Aimee will receive the American Cancer Society's most prestigious award, the St. George Medal of Honor, for her years of volunteerism. Additionally, in 2012 the New Jersey General Assembly recognized Aimee as an Outstanding Woman for her volunteer leadership and achievements. Aimee resides in Burlington County with her husband Bill, a small business owner, and their two school-aged sons.

Editor's note: The above information comes directly from the candidate.

Joanne Wright October 01, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Belgard is a self-serving wannabe career politician. This woman was JUST elected in 2009, sworn in in 2010, and decides to run for higher office the SAME year she was sworn in! She deserved to lose once, she deserves to lose again.
Bill P. October 01, 2012 at 10:56 AM
Didn't even know she was running (again). Good, I look forward to voting against her, Hines, and Sattinger for a second time. None of them belong anywhere near our tax dollars.
Curious Voter October 01, 2012 at 10:58 AM
I remember getting a taxpayer alert on this woman. Didn't she raise taxes a whole lot in her town?
Dennis Smyth October 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
We just got rid of Maryann Reinhart in 2011, no way am I voting for another liberal nut who stands for higher taxes and spending. We're doing just fine with our current Freeholders, thanks.
Dean October 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM
We met Bruce Garganio and his running mate Mary obrien at an affair a few years ago. They seemed knowledgable then and what I've heard here on patch, they've cut my taxes. Thanks to them, we are leaning their way on election day!
Dienstag October 01, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Do the Democrats just have nobody else they can run? Jeez, look at all the retreads on the ballot this year! How many times can we say "no" before people like Belgard, Hines, and Sattinger take the hint! Burlington Dems, FIND NEW CANDIDATES!
Not a liberal October 01, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Far from 'self-serving', Aimee Belgard has selflessly served the American Cancer Society for many years, helping start local Relay events in Burlington County. That someone uses the term 'self-serving' and a 'liberal nut' clearly means they don't know this woman and really are spewing out partisan hate--which does no one any good. I was a resident in Edgewater Park when Gov. Christie drastically reduced state aid to the township and the township committee faced the difficult decision of cutting local services where possible to keep taxes down when state aid to the township (and many townships) was suddenly and significantly reduced. To say she raised taxes 'a whole lot' is both inaccurate and ignorant of the context that many small towns were put in by the state. For those who think the current, single party Freeholders are doing fine I would suggest you actually attend a Freeholder meeting to see how Mr. Gargiano composes himself during meetings, and also witness the astonishing speed in which they approve, often without understanding the basic issues involved with the resolutions they are voting on. Really--get the agenda ahead of time, look it over and come with a few questions about the basic issues and costs and ask them during the public comment period--their eyes will open widely, and they'll defer the question to one of their staff. Its not a surprise that the library is way over budget and you'd see more projects like this if the BCT would investigate.
Proud to be Union October 01, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Bruce Garganio, a brother in the building trades, along with Mary Ann O'Brien, have proven themselves to be on the side of working class families in our county time and time again. They have stood by the tax payer by enacting policies that make it more affordable to live here. They have cut our taxes, and they have made it clear that they stand by the middle class families like mine who want to be able to survive here. They have earned our support. Aimee Belgard is a tax increasing politician who has no record of standing up for the building trade unions, as she's too busy standing up for unions like the CWA. She doesn't deserve to win.
Amy Tozzi October 01, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Thank God for Governor Christie and his veto pen! His cuts to spending were necessary to stop our state's downward spiral into bankruptcy. But this year, he spent more on education than any other previous Governor in NJ history while keeping the budget in check! If Belgard stands against cutting spending, then I stand firmly against Belgard.
kristen babcock October 01, 2012 at 01:48 PM
NOTHING about Aimee Belgard is self serving. Clearly you don't know a thing about this woman. She is the perfect choice for Freeholder and maybe you should educate yourself first before saying such blatant lies. It's disgusting to be quite honest. http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/aimee-belgard-burlington-county-freeholder-candidate http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SO2p7KNoPQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Not a conservative October 01, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Her community service may be impressive, but looking at the facts, I think she needs to explain why she felt she should have the right to run for Freeholder after serving less than one year on township committee. I could see after 4 years, maybe even 3, but she ran right away? Seems like someone who cares more about advancing her own political career than making a difference in her own town before moving upwards.
Dienstag October 01, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Like people are saying above, though, why did she run for township committee, win, and then 3 months (!) into her term decide she wanted higher office with a higher title? I don't think anyone is questioning her volunteer work, which is great, we are questioning her attempt to quickly climb the ladder.
Reen October 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Aimee Belgard is out there working hard to make her township AND the county better places to live. Beyond that she's working hard to make cancer a word of the past. She does her homework, asks tough questions and offers innovative ideas on EVERY issue that comes before the Township Committee in order to make "the right decision" instead of the "easy decision." Those who have posted negative comments about Aimee Belgard obviously have not met her or talked to her; otherwise, they would know that she IS the right candidate. Personally, I would NEVER vote for Garganio and O'Brien after reading in the papers about the library project being over budget by a million dollars and the unilateral decisions they made regarding Buttonwood. I was at the recent Freeholder candidates' debate and I also learned about the brevity of the freeholder meetings despite MANY items on the agenda and about the incumbent freeholders' failure to attend their meetings when IMPORTANT issues were discussed with public comment. We need freeholders like Aimee Belgard that will show up at meetings and work for the interests of the residents.
American Woman October 01, 2012 at 02:51 PM
No way would I vote for Belgard. She is tax-increasing Democrat in the same mold as Maryann Reinhart! Reinhart was a plague on the Freeholder Board for the time she was there, and we don't need another person like her again!!!!
Yah Mo B There October 01, 2012 at 03:00 PM
“Right decision”. For who? “work for the interests of the residents”. Which ones? The problem with these statements is that every politician and their surrogates can say them and be “truthful” in the sense there is probably at least 2 residents that agree. The bigger issue is, whether you have an R or D next to your name all gov’t is simply a vehicle laundering and redistributing money. Local government should simply do what people cannot do on their own. County government should do what local government cannot do on its own. State government should simply do what county government cannot do on its own. Federal government should simply do what state government cannot do on its own. When viewed through that prism we have simply created an mess of duplicate and unnecessary programs and handouts. It’s very bad in both parties, just way worse in one. As far as I’m concerned, if you WANT to run for any office it should disqualify you. The whole “I’ll fight for you” mantra is garbage. Regardless of party it should be restated “I’ll fight for you with other people’s money”
John French October 01, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I'm personally not comfortable a Freeholder board that can go through 30 agenda items and spend thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars in 15 minutes or less. That can funnel the work to their political cronies and there's no one to question it. That ok's projects and all of a sudden the completion price has doubled or tripled through change orders....with little or no explanation. I'm voting for Belgard and Schwarz for Freeholder because we need some balance and oversight to the Freeholder board.
Dean October 01, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Heard the republicans are knocking on doors and have good campaigns. Look forward to a busy October !
Linda Gail October 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
My vote is going to Garganio and O'Brien. They have a track record of cutting taxes, preserving open space, maintaining county services, and creating accessibility to the Freeholder Board. They earned my vote!
David Crawford October 01, 2012 at 07:27 PM
The negative comments above are inconsistent with what I heard at the League of Women Voters Debate on 9/20. The well informed Belgard offered specific criticisms of the current Board’s processes. She criticized BC’s approval of $16M of cost overruns on county contracts, $6M of which went to Freeholders’ political contributors. Was that a liberal position? Well-informed, responsible, and ethical, I’d say. Garganio’s response-overruns happen-showed no concern for BC’s costs or the ethics of its officials. O’Brien admitted not knowing the size of the BC’s debt service payment or even the size of its budget! Conservative? I’d say uninformed. Belgard reported the correct figures and made insightful comments. Liberal? Nope, knowledgeable. Some criticize Belgard’s rapid rise to county-wide prominence and her second run for Freeholder. Amazingly Belgard lost the 2010 Freeholder race by only 4% county-wide just one year after her election to Edgewater Park Council. EP, the town who knew her best, later gave her a 23% margin in its freeholder votes. Stars rise quickly – that’s part of what makes them stars. As EP knows Belgard, Medford has come to know what O’Brien did as a Township Council member. Over the last decade, the Republican-dominated Council brought Medford to the brink of insolvency. O’Brien and her fellow Republicans wrecked Medford’s finances so badly that voters had to approve a 25% tax rate increase earlier this year.
Andrew Siegeltuch October 01, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Even if you're not a Democrat, you should vote for Aimee Belgard. We need fresh blood. The freeholders operate in secrecy and tell the residents of the county only what they want us to hear. Belgard is informed about the issues and asks the questions we want asked. When you elect her she will tear the covers off and then we can really see where, and to whom, our tax dollars are going.
Joe Johnson October 01, 2012 at 08:47 PM
We got fresh blood last year when we kicked Maryann Reinhart out of office and Chris Brown moved up to the Assembly and replaced them with Leah Arter and Joe Howarth.
Elephant utr October 01, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Joe we also got "fresh blood" running for town council. What's your assessment on the local race since you seem to have a barometer on politics in town?
kristen babcock October 02, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Very well said David Crawford. What on earth is so wrong with climbing the ladder?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 08, 2012 at 11:27 PM
When the R's talk about cutting taxes, riddle me this, batman - who was in charge when they were applied in the first place? Tired of the status quo? Unwilling to surrender to the two Georges? (Gilmore and Norcross?) 10% approval rating in Congress, and a turn-out of less than 10% of those who cast ballots in the prior State Election at this June's primary. Elect a guy who only runs the plays as called by party leadership, special interests, and lobbyists? Or, better still, another "major" party candidate, whose only message is that the other guy is 'no good'? Where's the budget? Why are our troops still in Afghanistan? WILL EITHER OF THEM SIGN THE PLEDGE - The "Change the Rules" Pledge, which restores campaign finance reform in a manner unassailable by the Judiciary? I am running with (Independent) Democratic-Republicans for Freeholder, Donald E. Letton and Kim Johnson, for the seat that is open to election on November 6th for the NJ Third Congressional District. We have joined together to restore the application of the Constitution - the WHOLE Constitution, and to seek out, expose, and excise any local, county, State, and National corruption we can find. Our proposal, the "Change the Rules" Pledge, offers a solution to campaign finance reform that circumvents the Supreme Court decision of Citizens United v. Federal Election Board. I would welcome the opportunity to speak with the people of your community. Less than a month remains.

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