Dear Cranfordians,

On December 31, I step down from the Township Committee and the Planning Board. I have no doubt that Andrews and Prunty are the best choices for Cranford. As your neighbor, fellow taxpayer and Township Commissioner, I wholeheartedly endorse Brian Andrews and Kathleen Miller Prunty for Township Committee.  Energetic, smart, innovative, tenacious, proven achievers.

All of this year’s candidates have contributed generously toward our strong community culture.  But from a pragmatic point of view, Cranford has a $40 million budget and over 200 employees. We are confronted with complex issues from flooding to pension obligations that create friction between our resources, our legal and moral obligations and our “ideal” Cranford. And, of course, there is that affordable housing mandate putting substantial development pressure on us at every turn. 

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Bear in mind that two members of the Township Committee must sit on the Planning Board; this compounds our need for commissioners who are instinctive strategists, three-dimensional thinkers and partnership builders.  As their careers demonstrate, Andrews and Prunty have these traits in abundance.  Plus, they are ENERGY personified. 

Brian Andrews has been a Director, Deputy Director and Senior Advisor for both the G.W. Bush and Obama Administrations on China and Asia relations. He has served on the National Security Council, in the Pentagon and State Department.  He will be a novel, cutting-edge thinker to have on our Township Committee; a first of his kind.  I am excited at the prospect at such a resource being on the Cranford team. 

He represents a different generation with different priorities and concerns that must be heard as demonstrated by his Chairmanship of the Pedestrian Safety Committee and his role in revitalizing the Cranford Find for Educational Excellence.

And then there is Kathleen Miller Prunty, Cranford’s recently retired Downtown Management Executive Director.  Through her hard-work, imagination and execution Cranford was named NJ Magazine’s No. 1 Downtown in New Jersey.   The Scarecrow Stroll, Piano at the Clock, - thank Kathleen; our downtown’s enviable retail occupancy rate, think and thank Miller Prunty;  One-Seat Ride on the Raritan Valley Line – well look to Cranford’s long-time representative, KMP. 

Please join me in voting Brian Andrews and Kathleen Miller Prunty for Township Committee.