SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Councilwoman Archana Grover, commonly known as ‘Ann,’ is running to be elected for the first time on the South Brunswick Township Council in the upcoming elections on November 3rd, 2020. Councilwoman Grover was appointed to the township council in 2018 following the death of former Mayor Christopher Killmurray.
Grover was born in India and came to the United States when she was 21 years old. She has been working since 1999 as a shop steward for local unions in Middlesex County focusing on discrimination in the workplaces.
Grover praised the Office of Emergency Management for their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the general public. The Councilwoman said that she was proud to work for a community with residents who are educated and take the threat of this virus seriously.
“I have yet to hear any report about someone not wanting to wear a mask or not wanting to socially distance themselves or anything like that,” Councilwoman Grover said, “Our people here are very educated, and they really understand. We are really lucky to live here in South Brunswick.”
Grover emphasized the importance of community education and outreach as a way to ease tensions between residents and law enforcement. In South Brunswick, the community policing program has been able to educate the public and create trust among the police department, according to the Councilwoman.
“I am a person of color, and we need diversity not just in the council, but everywhere,” the Councilwoman said, “we do community education in South Brunswick and everyone comes out. This is not just about white, black or Indian people. It’s about people really.”
South Brunswick Township has been struggling to rezone parts of the township for affordable housing for several months. This is due to a 2016 court order for nearly 1,500 more affordable units to be built in the township.
According to the councilwoman, this decision was unfairly put on South Brunswick by Judge Wolfson, the presiding judge who placed the order on the township for more affordable housing. Wolfson has since retired from the Middlesex County Courts and is now a legal consultant for a land development company.
“People come to the suburbs to get away from places that are crowded, my job is to keep South Brunswick a suburban place,” the councilwoman said, “These demands were unfairly put on South Brunswick, we have always been for affordable housing but not like this.”
In her two years on the council, Councilwoman Grover said her favorite task has been working along the South Brunswick Commission on Women. Mrs. Grover said that it has been a privilege to inspire the young women in South Brunswick.
“They see me and hear my story, and they become very impressed, and think to themselves ‘I can do this as well,’” Mrs. Grover said, “I love people and I love to work with them. I have been living here for 40 years, and I am always happy to work with this team.”