Burlington County Freeholder-Elect George Youngkin:
I have always maintained my commitment to service, from the Boy Scouts to my 16 years on the Medford Township Zoning Board, with 12 years as Chairman. I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support from the residents of Burlington County, last night. Last night, in a moment of revelry, I gave a statement that I plan to serve as a Freeholder. While I am appreciative of the support, after speaking with Burlington County Democratic Chairman Joe Andl, this morning, I am concerned that my service as a Freeholder will affect the ability of our newly elected to advance the interests of Burlington County. This is not an easy decision for me, however, easy decisions are rarely correct decisions. I am confident and resolved this is the right decision for myself, the Democratic Party and the residents of Burlington County.
I have always maintained that the report that was produced and used against me, was not representative of what happened, or who I am. My position on this has not changed. That said, I am committed to having those who have not gotten a fair opportunity to know who I am and the values I promote, to get to know me through my continued service to others. Further to my mission, I have chosen to donate the remaining balance of my campaign account, which is almost $25,000, to the Providence House, an outstanding non-profit organization, where I volunteered, whose mission is to provide addiction, domestic violence, mental health, trauma and abuse recovery services to more than 100,000 individuals, annually.
In closing, I have dedicated my life to community service and plan to continue assisting others in the future.
Burlington County Democratic Chairman Joseph Andl:
After meeting with George Youngkin this morning, in the interest of the Burlington County Democratic Party, and the residents of Burlington County, George chose to resign upon being sworn-in. Because there is not a mechanism for George to step-down prior to being sworn-in, he will resign from his Freeholder post effective January 2, 2019. This decision will allow our party to move forward in a unified fashion as we celebrate the historic victories of Freeholder Elect Felicia Hopson and Clerk Elect Joanne Schwartz.