MADISON, NJ – John Hoover and Carmen Pico, Republican candidates, for Madison Borough Council, see a major challenge in getting property taxes under control.
“Carmen and I are defining our vision for the future,” Hoover said. “We stay positive and reach out to Madison citizens.”
Pico is a multi-generation citizen of Madison and has been engaged on a volunteer level, both in Madison and Randolph, where he served on the Planning Board and the Board of Education. He is a retired assistant engineer for Channel Home Centers, a Little League Umpire and has served as a Randolph Volunteer Firefighter. Pico regularly attends Madison Council meetings and often speaks up on issues affecting the community.
Hoover said he has a plan to keep taxes under control.
"There are lots of ways to do that, such as shared services that can offset costs,” Hoover said. "Another possibility would be for police and fire departments to combine resources at an administrative level. We need to reach out to surrounding communities and start building relationships now. We can do what we’re doing now, but more intelligently. One avenue would be to eliminate paperwork and, as a result, reduce the cost of services. My whole background is doing exactly that,” he said. “Every time a piece of paper passes through one more pair of hands, that’s another opportunity for error.”
Hoover was certified project manager for Global Operations and training director for Six Sigma expertise as well as the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. He holds a BS in Economics from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and an MBA in Marketing and Management. While employed in San Francisco, he was active with the Red Cross and the United Way.
Although his work as taken him all over the world, from Saudi Arabia to Bombay, India, since retirement in 2009, he has been a major contributor to the Borough of Madison During the last 12 years, he has been a member of Madison Rotary, a leader of the Madison High School Interact Program and a volunteer with Bridges Outreach. As President of the Board of Health, Hoover said, “I’ve found the people I work with to be cooperative and helpful.”
Hoover explained he moved to Madison to be near his son and family, who looked at a number of communities before settling in Madison. Another son and daughter, with their families, live on Staten Island.
Both candidates have said they’re committed to fiscal responsibility, honoring private property rights, providing top quality programs and services and enhancing infrastructure. They seek to ensure a cooperative government for all.