Burlington Dems choose ex-cop, doctor to seek county office

Burlington County Democrats have picked their candidates for 2007: Benjamin Braxton, Jr., who spent the last thirteen years as Willingboro Public Safety Dircector, will challenge Sheriff Jean Stanfield, and Dr. Thomas Bader, a Moorestown Civic leader and University of Pennsylvania professor, will run for the open Freeholder seat being vacated by Vincent Farias.

Democrats won a race for Burlington County Surrogate in 2006 — their first victory in a countywide election since the late 1980’s. Republicans are running former Cinnaminson Mayor Joseph Donnelly for Farias’ seat.

The 64-year-old Braxton, a Rotarian-American, spent thirty years as a police officer in Philadelphia, where he commanded the Highway Patrol Unit. Bader, 43, a physician, is the Division Director for the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Burlington Dems choose ex-cop, doctor to seek county office