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.