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Berkeley Heights Council President Marc Faecher Withdraws Name From Ballot Due to Corporate Change

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - In a letter issued by Berkeley Heights Council President Marc Faecher on Friday, August 18, he announced that he is stepping down from running for his second term for Township Council on the Republican ticket due to a change of his corporate responsibilities with TRC Companies Inc.

Faecher is a Senior Vice President for TRC Companies Inc., a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm. The Street publication reported the sale of the publicly traded TRC Companies Inc. (TRR) to private equity firm New Mountain Capital  on March 31, 2017. The sale closed on June 21, 2017 according  Bloomberg.com.  

With this change, Faecher said that his job responsibilities and level of business travel will increase significantly and realizes that he will be unable to devote the level of required attention to Council matters. Faecher will finish his term and continue to assist the Township.

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According to the Union County Clerk's election important dates page, the last day to fill a vacancy of Primary Election Nominees is September 14.

The following is Faecher's announcement to the residents of Berkeley Heights. 

Dear Fellow Residents of Berkeley Heights—

Over the past three years I have enjoyed representing all of you while serving on the Township Council, most recently as Council President.  During my first term I have worked extremely hard with the rest of the Council, listening to you and seeking public input regarding the needs of our community.  Together, we have strived to keep municipal taxes down while improving, not reducing services, continued to advance the municipal redevelopment project, kept the Berkeley Heights Community Pool/YMCA open and in Town, and supported volunteer initiatives and new projects.  When asked, I took the lead on our affordable housing negotiations which has resulted in a favorable judicial settlement for Berkeley Heights and saved hundreds of thousands in potential litigation costs.

In January I announced that I would proudly seek re‐election with my running mate, Jeanne Kingsley, and greatly appreciated your support during the primary in June.  Unfortunately, I am disappointed to announce that I am no longer able to pursue my second term on the Council.  I know firsthand the time commitment and countless hours that it takes to prepare for meetings and to represent our interests on a variety of Township matters. However, my Company was recently acquired and taken private and I have come to realize that both my job responsibilities and level of business travel are going to increase significantly.  As a result, I will be unable to devote the level of required attention to Council matters, and it would be unfair to my fellow Council members and to the residents of Berkeley Heights to put forth anything less than the maximum effort necessary to fulfill my duties.  

I will therefore serve out the remainder of my term and thereafter continue to assist the Township in any way that I can.  While I regret that I will be unable to continue to serve the Township in my capacity as a Councilman, I am comforted by the fact that the Township is in great hands lead by our Mayor, Council, and all of our hard‐working municipal employees and countless volunteers.  Berkeley Heights has a bright future—Thank you for affording me the opportunity to represent all of you as a member of the governing body.

Sincerely,  

Marc Faecher, Council President

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