Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Morris County Freeholder Deborah Smith has been elected to the Board of Governors of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Woman for 2016-2018.

Freeholder Deborah Smith

Freeholder Deborah Smith

Smith, a first-term freeholder from Denville, was elected at the Federation’s annual meeting on April 30 at the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle.

“It is an honor to be elected to the Board of Governors,” said Smith. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to interact with officials from across the state and for the exposure this can bring to the good things we are doing here in Morris County government.”

Founded in 1938, the New Jersey Federation is a charter state of the National Federation of Republican Women. The mission of the New Jersey Federation of Republican Women is to encourage women to participate in the activities and goals of the Republican Party. The first members were activists in working toward community goals and good legislation.

Peak membership occurred in the 1950s during the presidency of Eleanor Schley Todd, mother of former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman. Whitman has said that her interest in government and politics is a direct result of her mother’s and grandmother’s activism with the New Jersey Federation.

Deborah Smith joined the Freeholder Board on Jan. 3 for the beginning of her first term. Previously she served in Denville as a councilwoman for 20 years, including two years as council president and two years as the council’s planning board member. She also served on the Denville Zoning Board of Adjustment prior to her council tenure.