Hunterdon County Freeholder Ronald M. Sworen will not be seeking re-election to the County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Frozen out by running mate Freeholder Matt Holt, who announced his decision to run for re-election without Sworen, the former mayor of Frenchtown today personally confirmed the rumor that he was done.
“When I first ran for Freeholder, I promised my wife that, if elected, I would only serve for two terms. I am in the last year of my second term. Our 35th Anniversary is on Monday, April 2, 2012, which is also the filing date for candidates,” Sworen said. “I have served for more than one-half of my life in elected office. At the end of 2012, I will have held elected office for 33 years. I will have served in public office for 35 years. I served as an unpaid volunteer for 27 of those years of service.
“I have delayed making my decision public until now for a number of reasons. I have had contact from hundreds of supporters urging me to run again. They wanted me in the seat to continue my support of open space and farmland preservation. They also are in favor of our library system and my support of Polytech. Many also wanted a freeholder from the western/southern part of the county to make sure that they have representation from someone who lives in this part of the county.”
Holt is running for re-election with Raritan Township committeeman John King.