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Get to Know the 2017 Republican Primary Candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - There are four Republican candidates running for the upcoming contested Republican Primary election for Berkeley Heights Township Council on Tuesday, June 6. The candidates are incumbents Jeanne Kingsley and Marc Faecher and newcomers Thomas Foregger and John Leo. 

Also on the ballot for Berkeley Heights Township Council are Democratic newcomers Susan Poage and Alvaro Medeiros who are running unopposed in the June 6 Primary Election.

TAPinto Berkeley Heights has reached out to each of the Republican candidates and will run a series for citizens to learn where each of the candidates stand on key issues that impact the township. 

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Each week, the candidates will be asked a question leading upto the Primary Election Day, Tuesday, June 6 and TAPinto Berkeley Heights will publish one response daily starting Tuesday, May 2. 

Get to know the candidates for Berkeley Heights Township Council:

Name: John Leo Jr.

Party Affiliation: Republican

Years lived in Berkeley Heights: 1.5 years

Family: Wife, 21 month old son and second child due in September. 

I was born in Somerville and have lived nearly all my life in New Jersey, finally settling in Berkeley Heights with my wife and newborn. I’ve been a full-time airline pilot since 2006 where three years later I began a series of management positions which included instructor, company chief pilot and later Manager of Flight Standards where I’ve led fellow instructors, interfaced directly with federal regulators and affected data-based recommendations to airline directors.

 

Name: Jeanne Kingsley

Party Affiliation: Republican 

Years lived in Berkeley Heights:21 years 

Family: Husband Ed, four children

I'm Jeanne Kingsley and currently serve as Council Vice President. A Strategic Planner and CPA by profession and a 21-year taxpayer, I'm fiscally prudent but understand the importance of the big picture. Committed to leadership through collaborative action, I believe together with our residents, businesses, and volunteers, we have made great strides in our town. I am looking forward to continuing to have positive community impact through sound fiscal decision-making and developing more Public/Private Partnerships.

 

 

Name: Dr. Thomas H. Foregger

Party Affiliation: Republican

Years lived in Berkeley Heights:41 years

Family: Wife - Marsha; son David 

I am a retired mathematician and computer scientist with almost 40 years’ experience as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Labs and Alcatel-Lucent and a long history of involvement in Township activities. I am a strong proponent of openness in government and of controlling taxes so all our residents can afford to continue living here.

 

 

 

 

Name: Marc Faecher

Party AffiliationRepublican

Years lived in Berkeley Heights: 23 years

Family: Wife Kristin, three children

I'm Marc Faecher and I currently serve as Berkeley Heights Council President. As an attorney and environmental law specialist, I consider all issues from a fiscal and community impact point of view prior to rendering a decision. Conducting sound due diligence, research, and collecting the facts is essential. I ask challenging questions regarding the matters under consideration (such as the recent State-mandated affordable housing litigation), and seek new sources of revenue for parks and programs.  Maintaining affordability is crucial, but so is providing the services and resources our citizens expect.  Working together achieves both.

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