In the last two elections, Berkeley Heights voters sent a clear message in electing Angie as Mayor and Susan Poage, Alvaro Medeiros and Stephen Yellin as Council members. They wanted Change We Can Agree On – a government that is open and transparent with residents, responsible with our tax dollars, and make real progress in improving our roads, parks, sports fields, and other essential services. 

My name is Julie Figlar, and I am running for Township Council to join a team that’s already made progress. Together with Rina Franchino, I want to join Angie, Susan, Alvaro and Stephen to make this town the best it can be. 

My husband Jason and I have lived here for 15 years, and I have worked here for almost 20. We have three daughters: Claudia (age 4), Carly (age 8), and Addy (age 10), all of whom attend Berkeley Heights public schools. As moms of children who attend the public schools, Rina and I are invested in what happens here decades from now, and we want to do our part to keep the progress going. 

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I have been working as a teacher and Reading Specialist at Mary Kay McMillan School for nearly 20 years, and I hold both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Education. I serve on the PTO at Hughes and Mary Kay, and I have been an active volunteer parent with the Girl Scouts and various Recreation sports. I have received both the New Jersey Best Practice Award and the New Jersey Department of Developmental Disabilities Fellowship Award. This means I will bring practical leadership experience, from both in and out of the classroom, to the Township Council. 

Rina and I are excited to put Berkeley Heights first by continuing the progress Angie as Mayor and her team have made over the last few months. Under their leadership Berkeley Heights has enacted new significant measures to reduce unnecessary waste of taxpayer dollars, including “triggers” on previously open-ended contracts that require contractors to demonstrate the need for additional funding. They have paved more roads, saved tens of thousands in taxpayer dollars with smart, shared service agreements with Union County, introduced new environmental programs, and implemented new ways of better communicating with residents. We also want to join them in ensuring the Municipal Complex project is completed on time and on budget, as well as helping pave the way for additional commercial ratables (such as the new Connell Corporate Park expansion proposal).

Make no mistake – progress is fragile, and can be stopped if we don’t keep moving in the right direction. That is why Rina Franchino and I are asking for your support as we campaign for the Township Council on a positive, issues-driven campaign – a “purple” message of Progress We Can Count On. We look forward to meeting with and listening to you as we go door to door and have conversations in people’s living rooms in the weeks and months ahead. Please visit our campaign Facebook page, Julie and Rina 4 BH to learn more about us and our goals if elected. 

Julie Figlar