BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Berkeley Heights Republican Municipal Committee has selected incumbent Jeanne Kingsley and newcomer Marc Faecher as their candidates for Township Council.
They will join its nominee for Mayor, Robert “Bob” Woodruff, on the ticket for the June 3, 2014 primary.
“Jeanne Kingsley is highly respected for her leadership and has done an outstanding job on our Township Council. Marc Faecher brings an excellent background and professional skill set that complements our team of candidates,” said Chairman David Ronner. “We have assembled a team with the commitment, energy, expertise, and experience to lead Berkeley Heights into the future,” he said.
Woodruff responded enthusiastically to the announcement. “I’ve worked with Jeanne Kingsley on the Township Council for the past three years. Her leadership has provided us with new directions and new relationships with our downtown community. Residents find her energy and enthusiasm infectious. Marc Faecher has a commitment to extending our partnership with the business and corporate community and to strengthen our fiscal presence. Together we are committed to serving the residents of Berkeley Heights with a collaborative focus. Regardless of political affiliation, we are dedicated to all of Berkeley Heights,” said Woodruff.
Woodruff is a 27 year resident of Berkeley Heights, former Mayor and current Councilman. Unanimously selected by the Municipal Committee to run for Mayor, his immediate response was that, “The people of our town all want the same thing: a safe, vibrant community that continues to attract businesses and volunteers, a place that remains affordable for all residents, and where citizens are treated with dignity and respect.” Woodruff, a lifelong Union County resident is an attorney specializing in litigation, labor, and employment. He has been the lead negotiator on union contracts and appointed Chief Mike Mathis when Mayor and worked with him to restructure the Police Department. His tenure as Mayor saw a decrease in Municipal taxes and a reduction of operating expenses. He and his wife Patti have five grown children.
Jeanne Kingsley currently serves as President of the Township Council. An active visionary for numerous organizations, Kingsley, a CPA, brought her expertise in accounting and strategic planning to the Council three years ago, having served as a Vice President in the Controller’s Department at Prudential Insurance. She was directly responsible for establishing the Berkeley Heights Downtown Beautification Committee. She has a strong commitment to working with landlords, business owners, and residents to improve the appearance of the downtown area and to create a pedestrian friendly environment. Under her leadership, the Committee brought new flags and banners as well as holiday decorations to township streetscapes. Efforts at raising funds have enabled these projects to be done without burdening the taxpayer. “We must continue to develop public/private partnerships and research alternative funding for downtown improvement as well as maximize all funds available from County and State resources. I am committed to ensuring we pursue any and all grants available, as well as private funding,” she said. Kingsley is currently leading strategic projects within the Finance function of Teachers Insurance and Annuity. She and her husband Ed have four children and have lived in Berkeley Heights for 18 years.
Marc Faecher is a newcomer to the political arena, but no stranger to community leadership and involvement. A 20 year resident of Berkeley Heights, he is a proven leader and neighborhood safety advocate. Successfully working with the Township Council and Police Department, he has sought to ensure traffic patterns and road speeds that protect children and adults alike. A coach for the PAL and Cub Scout leader, he also served as a two term Trustee on the Overlook Hospital Foundation Board and chaired its Annual Giving Committee for five years. He brings his expertise in fund development with a determination to seek alternative sources of revenue for the town. “The continued strength of our schools and town cannot depend on local property taxes alone,” he commented. An attorney and Sr. Vice President with TRC, a publicly traded environmental, energy and infrastructure engineering firm, he shares responsibility for the Company’s business plan and financial strategy and is charged with legal, financial and regulatory execution of major projects. “His expertise will be invaluable to situations in Berkeley Heights that require these unique insights,” commented Ronner. Faecher and his wife Kristin have three sons.
In preparation for the June 3 Republican Primary, Ronner announced that the Municipal Committee will be introducing their team of candidates at its “Meet Our Candidates: Together: Building the Future of Berkeley Heights” event on April 4 at 7:30pm, Mt. Carmel Hall, Berkeley Heights. For more information on the event, call (908) 451-2058.