Jeanne Kingsley is that rare person who puts the needs of others above her own. She’s done that as a volunteer in Berkeley Heights for two decades and as Berkeley Heights Councilperson for the past nine years. She’s running for re-election, and here’s why she deserves your vote.
Having volunteered with Jeanne for six years, I’ve come to know about her many quiet good deeds: Being the legal guardian for a friend in town who has early onset dementia. Serving as primary caregiver for her former childcare worker when she was dying of cancer. Renting and driving a truck to New York to rescue good quality furniture left behind by her daughter’s roommates in order to give the furniture to those in need. Volunteering at Children’s Specialized Hospital since 2005. Donating generously to every good cause she’s asked to support—and even seeking out opportunities to do so.
In her public role as Councilperson, Jeanne is the one member who is always willing to roll up her sleeves to get the job done. She stays up to speed on the issues we face and develops smart, workable solutions. For example, she did the financial analysis and spent hours working side by side with Town Administrator and staff to rework this year’s municipal budget to ensure residents didn’t face a tax increase after COVID hit.
She has so much energy and drive—Jeanne is not one to sit idly by even when it’s technically “not her job.” On the Downtown Beautification Committee, a volunteer group she founded, she personally signs up sponsors for Fill-a-Basket and she visited our restaurant owners to help them enroll in Restaurant Week. While the Council representative to the Communications Committee, she recruited communication professionals to the committee and found the financial resources required to re-launch the Town website. She also identified the need for and then created materials to educate residents about pending downtown developments. I’ve also seen firsthand her commitment to diversity and inclusion.
For Jeanne, being a Councilperson means she works for the people of Berkeley Heights everyday – not just on Council meeting days or during campaign season.
The people of Berkeley Heights need to keep this hardworking, smart, ethical, and kind person on our Town Council working for them in a bi-partisan way. That’s why right next to my Biden/Harris campaign lawn sign my husband and I proudly display a Kingsley/Varnerin sign—and we marked our mail-in ballots accordingly last week. I urge you to do the same.