On November 7th, we have an important local election in Berkeley Heights.  Experience, professionalism, integrity, and dedication are four essential criteria when selecting who should represent us on the Township Council. 

You cannot learn the issues and challenges with on-the-job training. You must enter the job with knowledge of the issues to address them when you arrive in office.  From my own experience as a Township Committeeman, my participation as a member of the Recreation Commission and then the Chair of the Recreation Commission, as well as a volunteer, gave me invaluable experience working with the Township on budgeting, grants, and Municipal Government and Township Administration processes. The knowledge from consistent attendance at Township Committee Meetings and attending various Township activities, provided insight into the issues to be addressed coming into office.

I attended the debates at Governor Livingston High School last week. The two Candidates that were clearly prepared, stood out as the best informed on issues facing our community, and most experienced were Jeanne Kingsley and John Sincaglia. The other three exhibited little experience working as community volunteers nor had they served on any Township Committee (e.g. Planning Board, Environmental Committees, etc.).  Two of the Candidates respectfully answered frequently they “didn’t know,” indicating they “will learn when they get there.”  A Candidate must have the knowledge and experience upon assuming office to be effective. The third Candidate offered no proposal based on fact, choosing instead to make personal attacks or make political promises unsubstantiated by facts.

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Jeanne Kingsley worked diligently as a volunteer before being elected to the Council. As a Council Member she has acted consistently to improve our Town through her dedication and collaborative efforts.  Jeanne has a financial and accounting background that she effectively applies to township challenges as well as opportunities.

John Sincaglia has tremendous budgetary experience as a School Administrator and Board of Education Member. John is intelligent, level headed and understands the importance of maintaining affordability for all residents. He brings sensibility and fiscal perspective which will be an excellent addition to our Town Council.

Kingsley and Sincaglia – experience, dedication, energy and knowledge which is what is needed to continue forward progress, and to ensure that we protect our biggest investments: our homes and children.

Join me in Voting Kingsley and Sincaglia November 7th Column B. Polls open 6am-8pm.