“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” These words by Mahatma Gandhi ring so true for us.
We are running for Berkeley Heights Township Council not as Democrats or Republicans, but as representatives of the people who make this town so great, and who would like to see in the Council a true reflection of the people who call Berkeley Heights home.
We live in a thriving, diverse, and growing close-knit community, but we share the view of many residents who believe that we can be better. They tell us they want change, and we agree that with such growth there must be change to reflect it. We share their belief that electing the same people year after year is not the best way of making this needed change happen.
We also agree with many residents that more diverse, community focused leadership is needed in Berkeley Heights; that communications must be more effective and proactive and that township decisions must reflect greater community input. Information needs to be relayed more effectively and in a more timely fashion to the taxpayers footing the bills for Council-approved projects and initiatives. Community involvement must be encouraged - not dismissed - on issues that affect all of us. And we will fight for vastly increased transparency when it comes to how our local government works, how your taxpayer money is being spent, and how you can help us build a better Berkeley Heights together. We will also help bring our Council into the 21st century, by:
- Increasing the use of social media to convey important messaging and to solicit input from the community.
- Encouraging the adoption of more environmentally sensitive practices, such as installation of solar panels at the planned Municipal Complex and encouraging developers to use solar power wherever possible.
- Taking clear, public stances on issues that affect us all, whether it be promoting inclusion and respect for all, or lobbying State and County officials for increased resources.
We will work with the community to find reasonable, workable solutions to the challenges we face, including:
- Our deteriorating roads
- More proactively supporting our public library
- Promoting responsible, long-term planning for future redevelopment projects.
- Revitalizing our downtown district and sports fields
- Protecting our town’s environment
- Partnering with our Board of Education and volunteer groups to maintain our quality school system, including exploring the viability of full-day Kindergarten
- Improving communication and transparency between your local government and you
- Being open about how your taxpayer money is being used
The desire for a more open, transparent government is evident in the bipartisan support we have fueling our campaign. We’re backed by a growing movement of Democrats, Republicans and Independents who support Change We Can Agree On. Won’t you join us in this movement? Please vote for Poage & Medeiros on Nov. 7!
More About the Candidates
Susan Poage is well known to many Berkeley Heights residents as a longtime teacher at MaryKay McMillin Early Childhood Center, teaching Kindergarten and 1st Grade. Extremely popular with her students as well as their parents, her accomplishments in the classroom led her to receive the coveted Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematical and Science Teaching in 2008, receiving the award from the President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony. Susan and her husband, Russell have lived in Berkeley Heights for 23 years, and raised 2 daughters who went through our public schools.
Alvaro Medeiros is a successful business leader with a proven record of service to others. Over a 25-year career at AT&T, he rose through the ranks to Sales Center Associate Vice President, where he oversees a sizable budget and has negotiated many large deals on behalf of the company. Locally, Alvaro has served as a Committee Member and Troop Activities Coordinator for Boys Scouts of America, Troop 368, and in several leadership positions with the Governor Livingston High School Marching Band. Alvaro and his wife, Amalia have lived in Berkeley Heights for 22 years. They have 1 son and 1 daughter who were educated in Berkeley Heights public schools.
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