Elections. A very tough word these days. I believe qualifications and accomplishments matter.
In these stressful times, it takes more than fun videos and pictures to be elected. We need smart, ethical, experienced Council members. These are the people that will impact your community and what is likely your biggest asset—your home. This is why it is important to read on about why Jeanne and Jeff are the best candidates to represent your interests.
I met Jeanne on the Downtown Beautification Committee eight years ago. She has always been a focused, smart, thinks-on-her-feet kind of leader. She has led us through tough challenges—affordable housing, planning for a new municipal building and complex infrastructure issues.
Serving together on the DBC, we worked to create clear standards for, “traditional design that will last through the decades” for downtown (approved by the Planning Board). So, when the affordable housing mandate was put to the test, it was imperative that the developers followed these design standards. Jeanne worked hard to review every plan and is the only Council member who knows all the details of these residential housing projects.
The prior town planner was committed to ensuring that developers strictly followed these standards. Today, as all the housing developers are requesting changes, we’re seeing that the new town planner doesn’t have the history and appears to support modern, warehouse-style buildings in our downtown. We need Jeanne Kingsley to remain at the table to remind them of what was approved and make sure that they do not renege on their commitments. She will fight to continue to establish and maintain consistent design character for all new developments in our town. It’s of critical concern as these buildings will be here for at least 60 years.
Jeff and I met while working on a number of volunteer projects in town over the past few years. He is an extraordinarily strong project manager and scientist. Jeff is solutions oriented and a thoughtful collaborator who has deliberate, calm demeanor. All of these skillsets will be valuable on the Town Council. He has volunteered extensively in Berkeley Heights, so I know from experience he is a “get the job done” guy. Jeff will be a trailblazer on the Town Council.
When we elect Jeanne and Jeff, we will have a balanced Council which will bring diverse experience and skillset. Keep in mind that the Mayor manages the people and the Council manages the budget and governance. Solid experience and skillsets (Jeanne is a CPA and Jeff is a scientist) will be required on the Council. With Jeanne and Jeff on the Council we will get the best out of the Mayor and Council—and that’s best for Berkeley Heights.
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