Jean Dubois, a former freeholder of Gloucester County and a longtime treasurer of the county, died on 28 February. She was 85 years old.
Dubois served as county treasurer for 23 years and served in the county government for a total of 33 years before making his first application for public office. Her opportunity emerged in 2007 when freelancer Helen Reed relinquished her place to run for surrogate.
Teaming up with incumbent President Joseph Brigani Jr., Dubois won about 4,000 votes from Republicans Andrew Savichi and Paul Marina.
She worked for three years as a freelancer and did not seek re-election in 2010.
The retirement of Dubois and Brigadier opened the door for two Republicans, Larry Wallace and Vincent Nestor Jr., to win the general election. Wallace and Nestor were the last two Republicans to win the county by 2021.
Dubois, who lived in Mantua, had two daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.