After 40 years in office, Conda will retire

Elton Conda will not seek re-election as Burlington County Surrogate in 2006. Conda, 84, has held the post since 1966. He has slowed down in recent years — Conda works mornings and takes a nap on his office sofa — and may be the only New Jersey elected official who actually lives in a nursing home; he is a resident of the Masonic Home of New Jersey, a long-term care facility in Burlington. The leading candidate to replace him is Freeholder Vincent Farias, who has been not-so-subtly eyeing the job for the last few years.

After 40 years in office, Conda will retire