Cranford is a special town. Before returning to New Jersey in 2013, I was honored to spend several years serving in the U.S. government on national security issues. In Washington DC, the first question you are asked is “what do you do” for work. In contrast, the first question in Cranford is often what do you do for the community. Cranford residents recognize the importance of giving back in many ways, such as coaching sports teams, volunteering, participating in the many civic organizations, serving on town committees, or taking part in the vibrant town activities.
My wife and I are happy to be raising our two young children in a community that values volunteerism and town pride. I have sought to lead by example by chairing the Cranford Pedestrian Safety Committee, serving on the Parks and Recreation Committee, and playing an active role in organizations like the Cranford Fund for Educational Excellent and the Cranford Jaycees.
I am running for Cranford Township Committee with Kathleen Miller Prunty to build on the incredible improvements we’ve seen under our recent Democratic leadership. Mayor Patrick Giblin, Deputy Mayor Ann Dooley, and the Democratic commissioners have guided the Township through important issues like sensible budgets, giving residents a voice on proposed high-voltage lines and UCC cell tower, and ensuring the recent return of the Cranford movie theater.
They have been devoted public servants, leaders, and innovators on environmental and flood management issues and new town traditions like Porchfest.
While we have seen many improvements, there is still more work to do. Kathleen and I are committed to making Cranford more walkable and improving pedestrian safety. We will continue to fight to improve NJ Transit and for direct train service to New York. We want to build on Kathleen’s work improving Cranford’s downtown and attracting new businesses while fighting overdevelopment like 750 Walnut. As a parent of young children, I’d like to responsibly expand family features in town, including improving our parks, playgrounds, and library. Finally, we want to continue efficient management of Cranford, from paving the roads to controlling taxes.
We look forward to discussing these issues over the next six weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.