Galloway veteran, union carpenter Steven Stokes seeks freeholder nomination

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GALLOWAY – Township resident Steven J. Stokes announced Wednesday, March 12 that he is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Atlantic County freeholder at large.

“As freeholder, I will use my experience as a veteran, a union carpenter and soccer dad to help tackle the tough issues facing our county,” he said.

Stokes, 49, retired as a master sergeant after 22 years of active duty in the U.S. Army. He held leadership positions ranging from squad leader of the 82nd Airborne Division to regional coordinator at Fort Dix, according to his announcement.

“The past couple of years have shown that the Board of Chosen Freeholders does not consider helping our veterans a priority,” Stokes said.

“In 2011, the board voted against a homeless veteran program that would have been a great step in assisting those who have served our country and fallen on hard times. Just last year, the board showed a similar disregard to helping our county’s veterans when they refused to act on a set-aside for veteran-owned businesses. Veterans deserve better from our county officials.”

Stokes joined the United Brotherhood of Carpenters after retiring from the military in 2005. He served as shop steward during the construction of the Revel Casino Hotel, representing more than 200 carpenters. 

“Unemployment in Atlantic County is at 10.4 percent,” Stokes said. “As a carpenter, I know how hard it is out there for the middle-class families right now. Our county leaders need to create more job opportunities and get the residents of Atlantic County back to work.”

Stokes is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus.

He and his wife, Julie (Kurtz) Stokes, a lifelong Galloway resident, have two daughters, Sarah and Courtney.

The Atlantic County Democratic Convention will be held Saturday, March 22 at Kerri Brooke Caterers in Hammonton.

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