Mercer County Freeholders for PCDO Endorsement

Freeholder Ann M. Cannon

Freeholder Cannon began her career in public service in 1982, when she first joined the East Windsor Democratic Club. From there, she headed up a variety of organizations including: the East Windsor Democratic Club, Business and Professional Women, the Lake Condominium at Twin Rivers, and the East Windsor Planning Board. In 1989, Ann ran for elected office, for the first time and was elected to the position of councilwoman on East Windsor Township’s Council. In 1994 she moved up to county government as a Mercer County Freeholder–a position she holds to this day. Throughout the past 24 years, Ann has served a variety of posts as part of her elected position, including a seat on the Mercer County Board of Social Services (which she still currently holds), President of the New Jersey Association of Counties, and four terms as chair of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Ann has also served on the boards of various local non-profits, including the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program and Interfaith Caregivers of Greater Mercer County (an organization that, in 2013, honored Ann with their annual “Shining Light” award).

Currently, she running for re-election to continue bringing her steadfast and thoughtful perspective the 21st Century issues that face county government today.

Freeholder Ann M. Cannon Telephone: 609-989-6560



Pasquale A. Colavita, Jr.

Pasquale, better known as ‘Pat’, has been a life-long resident of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Pat graduated from Notre Dame High School and received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from St. John’s University in New York and his master’s degree from Trenton State College. For 37 years he worked as a speech language pathologist for the Hamilton Township Board of Education. During his tenure he received numerous awards including Hamilton Township Teacher of the Year and Mercer County Teacher of the Year. He continues reading and speaking to classes of children and young adults discussing topics ranging from career and education, to responsibility and citizenship and politics.

He served for 9 years as a member the Lawrence Township’s Board of Education in the roles of both President and Vice President. In 1996 he was elected to the Lawrence Township Council. During his tenure he served 2 terms as both mayor and deputy mayor, and was mayor in 1997 during Lawrence Township’s amazing Tri-Centennial Celebration, and concluded his term of office in 1999.

In 2004 he was elected to the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders and served as chair in 2007, 2011, and 2017. He is a board member on the Ewing Lawrence Sewerage Authority since 2003. Pat also serves on the Mercer County Board of Social Services.

Pat is involved in many civic and community programs, and a number of them are listed here:

  • Co-chair of the ‘Philly Pops’ benefit for St. Lawrence/Foundation of Morris Hall for the past 16 years
  • Co-chair of the annual fundraising gala for The Foundation of Mercer County Community College
  • Participates as a fundraiser and chaperone for the Sunshine Foundation’s DreamLift to Disney World for 18 years
  • Works with Kidsbridge, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to empowering children, and serves as Chair of their Education Committee
  • Participates in the Loaves and Fishes program feeding the homeless and working poor
  • Recipient of the celebrated Freedom Award from Project Freedom, an organization that creates barrier-free housing to help the disabled live independently
  • And in 2007 Pat was recognized by Advancing Opportunities (Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey) with its Civic Leadership Award
  • Board Member of CONTACT of Mercer County, a non-profit organization helping people in crisis. Pat was involved in expanding veterans’ services and has recently been focusing on opioid and substance abuse.

Pat has been happily married to Marianne and they will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this year. They have 2 children, a son, Christian married in 2013 and a daughter, Courtney who resides in Milan, Italy. Pat attends St. Ann’s Church in Lawrenceville where he serves as an usher.

Freeholder Pasquale "Pat" Colavita, Jr. Telephone: 609-989-6980



Samuel T. Frisby, Sr.

A County Freeholder since 2011, Mr. Frisby has spent his professional career advocating for children, the underrepresented, and underserved.

Currently serving as the CEO of the YMCA of Trenton, he provides family oriented and youth based programming for the families in the City of Trenton and its surrounding areas.

His career in Human Services began in 1992 while still attending Howard University in Washington D.C. He was hired by the District of Columbia’s Department of Corrections and served as lead counselor for the nation’s first fully functional therapeutic community in a prison setting. In 1996, former governor of New Jersey, Thomas Kean, recruited and hired Mr. Frisby to create, implement and sustain Drew University’s first ever mentoring program; Mentors of Drew, resulting in the establishment of over 200 mentorship relationships with young people in the City of Newark.

In 2002, under the leadership of former Trenton Mayor, Douglas H. Palmer, Samuel was tasked with the designing, implementation and administration of the SCOOP Program, a division under Trenton’s Youth Advocacy Cabinet. In 2005, the program was recognized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors along with the Trenton’s Youth Advisory Cabinet as the small cities award winners for innovation in government. In June of 2010 Samuel left the City of Trenton as the Director of Recreation, Natural Resources & Culture.

Mr. Frisby’s volunteer service is extensive. He has served as the Chair of the Youth Investment Committee for the Mercer County W.I.B., Vice Chair for Port of Trenton Museum Board, member of the Artworks Board, Founding member of the Howard University Alumni Association, Member of the Statewide MLK Commission, Co-chair of the Weed & Seed Steering Committee, Ex-Officio Member of the State Museum Board, Founder of the I Am Trenton Community Foundation Board, and has been recognized as one of Mercer County’s top 40 people under 40 years old.

He currently sits on the Saint Francis Medical Center’s Board of Trustees and both Saint Francis Medical Center’s Steering and Executive Committees.

Samuel is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Social Work, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and has recently earned his Master of Science from Springfield College in February of 2017. He currently resides in Trenton New Jersey doing what he considers to be the most important work of his life; serving the Lord Jesus Christ, while being a husband to his wife Teska, and a father to Samuel Jr. and Theodore.

Freeholder Samuel T. Frisby Telephone: 609-989-6557