For Immediate Release:
September 16th, 20016
HAZLET – With a Veteran heavy ticket, the Monmouth County Democrats’ campaign received a big boost from VoteVets.org, a political action committee, endorsed the U.S. Army veterans Colonel Jeff Cantor, Captain Vincent Solomeno, and Former Captain Sue Fulton.
“Having veterans represented at all levels of government could not be more critical than it is now,” said Jon Soltz, an Iraq War veteran and chairman of VoteVets.org. “We believe that our newest veterans have a special voice and experience that is badly needed at every level of government.”
A Colonel in the U.S. Army, a member of the volunteer EMS, and a Marlboro town councilman, Cantor, is running for Monmouth County Sheriff. As an intelligence officer, he has commanded troops in combat, ensuring all of their safe return, as well as set up a police academy in Iraq to train their new police force. “My wife and I are raising our two daughters here in Monmouth County and there is nothing more important to us than making sure they are protected and safe,” said Cantor, “This election has nothing to do with politics, it has everything to do with making sure Monmouth County families are afforded that same peace of mind.”
A Captain in the New Jersey Army National Guard, Fulbright Scholar, and member of the Hazlet Township Land Use Board, Solomeno, 31, is running for Monmouth County Surrogate. A platoon trainer, he is tasked this month with mentoring future officers at phase one of the Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School. Marlboro Mayor Jon Hornik attested to Solomeno’s commitment to his community, “As an Army officer, Vincent deployed overseas to protect our country and he did the same thing here at home during and after Superstorm Sandy. He will make an excellent Monmouth County Surrogate who protects not only veterans but all residents.”
A graduate of West Point Class of 1980, the first class to accept women, a Presidential Appointee and Chair of the prestigious West Point Board of Visitors, and Former Captain in the U.S. Army, Fulton is one of the candidates for Monmouth County Freeholder. In response to her endorsement, Fulton said “The Army taught me that there is no leadership without selfless service. My mission now is to serve the people of Monmouth County, to the best of my ability. I’m so grateful to VoteVets for supporting me, and Jeff and Vincent." Fulton was a leading force for LGBTQ rights, working to end the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” ban and advocating for transgender service in the military. Recently, Fulton was invited to attend the Commander in Chief Forum that aired on NBC, where she was able to question the republican nominee on the status of undocumented immigrants in the military. The following day, Fulton’s OP-ED “Trump’s Military Cluelessness” was published in the New York Times.
Started in 2006 and backed by over 400,000 veterans, military family members and their supporters, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns to give a voice to veterans on matters of national security, veterans' care, and every day issues that affect the lives of those who served, and their families.
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