District 24

Parker Space

Parker Space

Parker Space was elected in February 2013 to fill the remainder of Assemblyman Gary Chiusano’s term in the New Jersey General Assembly after he resigned to become Sussex County Surrogate.

Space’s family has farmed in Sussex County for eight generations. He has operated Space Farms Zoo & Museum, an institution in Northwest New Jersey since 1927. Parker served as a Director for the Sussex Rural Electric Co-op and has volunteered for 24 years as an active member of the Wantage Fire Department serving two years as Fire Chief.

Parkerwas elected to the Sussex County Freeholder Board in 2010 to fill the remainder of Labor Commissioner Hal Wirths’ term. He then went on to win the general election that year and was Freeholder Director at the time of his election to the General Assembly. He served on the Wantage Township Committee for six years, three of them as Mayor. He also was a member of the Wantage Township Land Use Board from 2000 to 2008.

Parker was an elected New Jersey Republican State Committeeman for Sussex County and is an elected member of the Sussex County Republican Committee.

He and his wife Jill have been married for 20 years and have three children.

Gail Phoebus

Gail Phoebus

A Sussex County resident since 1957 and current resident of Andover Township, Gail Phoebus graduated from Newton High School and Centenary College. She and her husband of 38 years, Bob, are the proud parents of two lovely daughters, Lindsey and Ashley, and are the grandparents Amelia and Abigail.

Gail and Bob have been co-owners and operators of Farmstead Golf & Country Club since 1985, where they employ roughly 100 people during their peak season. The business has been in their family since 1961.

Running a local business has taught Gail what it takes to truly balance a budget and create economic opportunity for others – something the Democrats in Trenton and Washington, DC don’t seem to have a clue about.

Gail first became involved in public service as a founding member of the Andover Township Economic Growth Committee. She was elected to the Andover Township Committee in 2006 and served as liaison to the Fire Department and Department of Public Works, and as a member of the Open Space Committee and Recreation Committee. Two years later, she was honored to be chosen as Mayor of Andover Township.

Coming into the Mayor’s office at the height of the recession, Gail held down property taxes by cutting local government spending, and embraced the concept of shared services long before state officials began encouraging towns and cities to consider it. Moreover, she used her private sector experience to make Andover Township more business-friendly town through pro-job, pro-growth economic policies.

In 2012, Gail won a seat on the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and brought her commitment to conservative governance with her. As a Freeholder, her oversight responsibilities include the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Partnership, the Sussex County Community College Board of School Estimates and the Department of Human Services.

Gail is an active member of Newton Rotary International and previously served as president of Hilltop Country Day School and the Sussex County Horse Show. She also sat on the Board of Directors at National Community Bank.

She is running with Assemblyman Parker Space. In the June primary for the open seat, she crushed a well-funded Trenton insider by the largest margin in over a century.

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