FLEMINGTON – Incumbent councilmen John Gorman and Al Brewer, along with Kim Tilly, are running as a team for the Republican nomination to Flemington Borough Council in the June 7 primary. Gorman and Brewer are seeking three-year terms and Tilly is running for a one-year term.
“We are a team because we are all longtime residents of the borough, real Republicans, and candidates who have already shown a commitment to public service,” said Gorman.
The three candidates' campaign will focus on five priorities.
1. We believe in open and transparent government. Of course, Borough Council must always conform to state law by announcing its meetings so the public can attend. At Council meetings, we will embrace public feedback and encourage public attendance and participation.
2. We are fiscal conservatives. We will continue the policy of zero-based budgeting by keeping the residential taxpayer dollars in mind and maintaining the services the community has come to appreciate. We also need to invest in the future of Flemington.
3. We support redevelopment that will benefit Flemington. We are really happy about the revived interest in the Union Hotel redevelopment area. That effort must be encouraged, although the details of any serious proposal should reflect the character of Flemington and input from all stakeholders.
4. We recognize the need for infrastructure that will support Flemington's revitalization. The new Master Plan supports higher densities and aims to encourage redevelopment and the new businesses, residents and visitors that it will bring. This vision must be supported in the most down-to-earth ways with ample water and sewage-treatment capacity as well as improved streets and roads.
5. We will work toward a smooth transition from the old Flemington BID to the new Flemington Community Partnership. We look forward to working with the new Partnership in order to create a healthy and vibrant business environment that will benefit the entire community including residents, businesses and visitors.
- John Gorman, the senior member of our team and a 49-year resident, is retired from a local engineering firm. John is an Army veteran, and his wife, Elaine, is a retired teacher and the chair of the borough's Historic Preservation Commission. Their two children grew up in Flemington, and John was active in the YMCA Indian Guides and coached local soccer and baseball.
Throughout his years on Council, he has been deeply involved with the Department of Public Works and has detailed knowledge of the borough's water and sewage infrastructure. As public works commissioner, he has overseen new construction of streets and added new wells for increased water capacity, helping to secure state funding for these projects. He is in the midst of several projects vital to the town's future, and he would like to see them through to completion. He knows what's been done, what still needs to be done, and how to make it happen.
On the Flemington-Raritan Parks and Recreation Committee since its inception, he helped initiate the Independence Day Fireworks Celebration and was instrumental in the creation of Mine Brook and Tuccamirgan Parks. He also represents Council on the Shade Tree Commission and the Streetscape Committee, and has experience on the borough Planning Board and the Board of Adjustment.
He hopes to continue working toward a bright future for Flemington that will include both the revitalization of the community as well as the preservation of the Borough's historic integrity.
- Al Brewer, who was appointed to Council in March after Carla Tabussi resigned, describes himself as a fiscal conservative, an advocate for the taxpayer, and a friend of open government, points of view that he put forward during his two years on the school board.
He has lived in the borough for most of the past 30 years. He has been an alternate member of the borough Planning Board for almost two years. Brewer served a year on the borough's Samuel Fleming House board. He was an elected member of Flemington's Republican Committee.
Brewer has been the President of the N.J. Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center since 2007. It is an unpaid role, and he declines any compensation for his work as Councilman, now and after his election. Brewer is a member of New Jersey Lions Multiple District-16 where he served as a district governor in 2004-05 and as council chairman in 2007-08.
A Marine Corps veteran, Brewer served as a sworn law-enforcement officer within the N.J. Department of Corrections and then the N.J. State Parole Board. He was the PBA #326 vice president and worked as a senior parole officer until his retirement.
Brewer has a B.A. from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an M.A. in labor studies and industrial relations from Rutgers University’s Labor Education Center.
- Kim Tilly is running unopposed for a one-year unexpired term. She promises, “to bring the energy, enthusiasm and respectful communication” to the new role.
She has been a resident and homeowner in Flemington since 2004. She has been the bookkeeper and service coordinator for her family’s HVAC company for the last 25 years. Kim and her husband, Les, have a 12-year-old son.
Last year she was president of the RFIS PTO, and she is currently co-vice president of the J.P. Case PTO and treasurer for the Flemington-Raritan Education Foundation. Earlier, she had been active in fundraising with the Robert Hunter PTO. Kim is also a member and house chairperson of the Flemington Woman’s Club.
Last fall, she ran for Flemington-Raritan Board Of Education, and her desire to serve Flemington remains strong.