Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes will be honored on November 13th by the National Foundation of Women Legislators (NFWL) as a “Woman of Excellence."
The Elected Women of Excellence Award was created by the NFWL to identify women who have worked tirelessly, often breaking down barriers and overcoming obstacles that once seemed insurmountable, to serve their communities. These pacesetters have engendered an environment where women can now serve in public office, and fight for the issues they are passionate about.
“This is an honor that is truly humbling," Hayes said. "It is a privilege to be a member of this national organization, and an honor to be recognized by my peers from throughout the country. The work we do as elected officials is rewarding in of itself, to earn this award along with my colleagues shows us our work doesn’t go unnoticed."
Hayes retired from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office in 2009 as Captain of Detectives, became a Freeholder in February 2013, and was reelected in 2014 to her first three-year term. Hayes oversees the Board of Elections, Tourism, Public Information, Culture and Heritage, Library, Museum, Park and Zoo, Surrogate and Tax Board.
The award will be presented in Washington D.C. at the annual conference. This award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country.