Cherry Hill city Councilwoman Susan Shin-Angulo has been nominated by the Camden County Democrats to run for the Camden County Freeholder seat in November’s election. Shin-Angulo currently serves on the Cherry Hill Township Council, the seat which earned her the distinction of being the first Korean-American woman elected to public office in New Jersey in 2009.
The Camden County Democratic Party’s Candidate selection Committee announced their decision Thursday. Camden County Democratic chairman Senator James Beach (D-6) told PolitickerNJ that he is delighted at the news that Shin-Angulo has chosen to try and broaden her positive impact on South Jersey by running for the freeholder seat.
“I think she’s just a wonderful, wonderful person and will be an outstanding candidate,” said Beach. “She served Cherry Hill as a councilperson and I’m so proud that she’s decided to run for the Camden County Board of Freeholders.”
“I’m really honored and thrilled about this position, and really excited about the fall,” said Shin-Angulo. She said that she takes great pride in the way her political career has vindicated the hopes of her emigre parents.
“He had to struggle to survive in Korea,” said Shin-Angulo of her father, who fled Communist North Korea before coming to the US. “He got married, saw the land of opportunity and came to the US in 1979. And forty years later, this is the outcome of that.”
In the event that Shin-Angulo wins the seat, she will be sworn in and step down from her seat on the Cherry Hill Township Council. A nominee would then be chosen among three potential candidates chosen by the Camden County Democratic Committee. Shin-Angulo joins Camden City Councilman Arthur Barclay and Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek-Mayer on the list of those the committee will have to find replacements for in case of a bonanza in November.
If Angulo carries the freeholder election in November, she will be the first Asian-American to serve on the Camden County Board.