Actress Julianne Moore Voices Support for Democratic Freeholder Candidates

By Juliet Kaszas-Hoch | Sep 24, 2019
Source: Twitter

Toms River — Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore took to Twitter this past Monday, Sept. 23, to voice her support for the Democratic candidates for Ocean County Freeholder, Jean Czarkowski and David Wright. Moore’s interest in the race stems from her starring role in the film “Freeheld.”

“Freeheld” tells the story of Laurel Hester and her fight for LGBTQ+ equality, right here in Ocean County, N.J. In 2006, Hester fought the decision of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, which “attempted to deny her partner the survivor benefits that Hester earned during her career as a public servant,” Wright explains.

“After serving as police lieutenant in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Hester was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Current Freeholder John P. Kelly fought desperately to deny Hester’s partner the right to receive her pension benefits at a time when the Supreme Court had not settled the issue of marriage equality.”

Following public outcry, the board ultimately abandoned their anti-LGBTQ+ position, Wright notes. Kelly, however, “refused to show up for the final vote on the issue.”

Hester passed away in February 2006. Her story was first chronicled in the documentary “Freeheld,” which earned an Academy Award for Best Short Documentary (Short Subject). In 2015, it was turned into the feature film of the same name.

Czarkowski, a school counselor from Toms River, and Wright, an attorney who resides in West Creek, are the Democratic challengers to GOP incumbents Kelly and Virginia Haines in the 2019 election for Ocean County freeholder.

In addition to her current position as a counselor in the Old Bridge School District, Czarkowski has worked with a diverse population in hospitals, schools and mental health settings, and through community service.

Wright, an attorney at The Wright Law Firm in Manahawkin, “represents injured workers and consumers who have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous individuals or entities,” his bio states. “Since Hurricane Sandy, Wright has helped and continues to represent victims of fraud relating to the aftermath and rebuild efforts following the storm.

“Czarkowski and Wright plan to bring their diverse background and years of experience to the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders to effectuate the change needed to ensure Ocean County’s bright future,” campaign literature stated.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5.  —J.K.-H.

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