I want to thank the residents of Berkeley Heights for their continued support of my candidacy for our Township Council.  I began a commitment to our town and its citizens three years ago, and with your help we can continue to work together to meet the challenges we face.  As your representative, I have sought to share your insights, ideas and vision of our community with the Mayor, fellow Council members, and township employees, as well as elected officials in neighboring towns, the county and state. The experience has been filled with hard work and incredibly rewarding relationships with the people of our town. Our volunteers continue to amaze me, and the passion of our community is what makes it special.  Cohesively working together moves us forward.

Municipal government is not about one single issue or one financial hurdle. As a Council, we have faced many challenges.  I, along with my running mates Bob Woodruff and Marc Faecher, believe that it is important to work together to build a stronger and more vibrant Berkeley Heights.  We need to work with our surrounding communities to learn from their success in securing grants and improving downtowns and work with our Chamber of Commerce to bring businesses to our downtown.  We need to continue to partner with the Board of Education to make sure that collectively, we take advantage of every state and county grant available to improve our fields, sidewalks, bike paths, and more. We need to work with the NJDOT and NJ Transit to determine if programs available can help with commuter parking and access. Our relationship with our first responders is essential in providing the safety and security of our citizens.  Gathering ideas and input from citizens on how best to move Berkeley Heights forward is critical.

All of these challenges come with fiscal responsibility.  As a CPA, I understand finance, and how to get the most from the funds we have, and how to seek out new sources of revenue.  None of this work is done in a vacuum, and none of it can be accomplished without the support of our community. Whether on the field, at a local school event, at a Council meeting or attending meetings of the Senior Citizens – I welcome input and ideas from all residents.

Your vote this Tuesday makes a difference in shaping the future of Berkeley Heights. Bob Woodruff, Marc Faecher and I are committed to working with you so that together we can build the future of Berkeley Heights.  Thank you for caring about our town, and thank you for your support!

Jeanne Kingsley