MORRIS COUNTY — Republican nominee for Morris County Surrogate, Heather Darling is poised to be Morris County’s first female Surrogate. Darling, currently serving as Deputy Director of the Morris County Freeholder Board, has long viewed holding public office as a way to inspire civic involvement among young women and girls.
“Growing up, I could not imagine many of the opportunities available to young girls today. If elected to the Surrogates office, I will use my platform to inspire civic involvement among young girls in Morris County.” Stated Darling. “Throughout my time in time in politics, I have seen great strides forward, with young women and girls getting more involved in politics and public life, and I hope to continue the forward momentum by being elected as Morris County’s next Surrogate.”
Darling’s addition to the Morris County Freeholder Board made history as, at the time, Darling became the fourth woman to join the board of seven and, for the first time in history, women held the majority of the seats on the board.
Politics is not the first time in Darling’s life that she has inspired women and girls. Darling was a competitive athlete long before women’s sports were as popular as they are today. Darling proudly recounts that women would often come to her with stories of how she motivated them to pursue their own goals or dreams and the sense of pride she experienced as a result inspiring the success of other women. Darling believes that the efforts of her predecessors, as well as those of she and her peers, are significant contributors to the fact that today women enjoy significant opportunities in professional sports.
If Darling is elected, she will be sworn into office in January of 2020, nearly 100 years after the 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, granting women the right to vote.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 5.