KENILWORTH, NJ – Tuesday, November 5, voters will have their say in the upcoming election for Kenilworth Mayor. The candidates are Linda Karlovitch (D) and Salvatore Candarella (R). TAPinto Kenilworth will run a series of questions for citizens to learn where each individual stands on key issues that impact the township. Each of the candidates will be asked the same set of questions every week and TAPinto will post them every Tuesday until election day.  Here are this week’s questions:

Linda Karlovitch (D)

If elected what do you plan to do as mayor?

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I like the consensus building approach of Mayor DeLuca to local government.  A small community the Borough still faces significant challenges including providing essential services while staying inside the state 2% cap, meeting the court mandated affordable housing requirements and insuring quality of life in our residential neighborhoods.

The workshop meetings which proceed the regular meetings will have my dedication. This is where the Mayor directs the Council and professionals to wrestle with the challenges facing our community.  Recently the excess charges of the Rahway Valley Sewerage Authority, the disruption caused by the patrons at a local tavern and the impact on Kenilworth caused by development in neighboring communities are problems we must address as a Borough. I am committed to maintain low taxes while continuing to provide essential services. I will continue to work toward solutions for areas that are continually flooding.


 
What is the one issue you want to focus on first?

I don’t know that a mayor can limit focus to “one issue”.  We need to keep Kenilworth moving forward. I have been deeply involved in the beautification of the uptown and know that a strong business district, is essential to easing the tax burden on the residential homeowners. The reality is that problems such as huge sewerage increases and affordable housing are issues which decisions are being made outside the borders of Kenilworth.  The Mayor has to be prepared and skilled at protecting Kenilworth.
 
What experience do you have that would make you a great candidate?

I like not to define myself as great- leaving the judgment to others.  I believe my lifetime involvement and commitment to Kenilworth, my experience running a business and my service on the Borough Council leave me ready to “hit the ground running” as the next Mayor of Kenilworth. My deep love and commitment to the betterment of the Borough is the core of what drives and motivates me. I understand leadership and motivating a team solving approach.  It’s what I promise to bring if elected Mayor.

 

Salvatore Candarella (R)

If elected what do you plan to do as mayor?

In my first 100 days we will review all budgets, sit down one on one with each department head, to discuss expenses, cost measures, ideas for the future, and potential endeavor on how we can better serve the residents of our boroughSince I have a developer mentality, I will look at ways to improve our downtown district, increasing ratables, and try to revitalize our industrial areas.  

What is the one issue you want to focus on first?

I Multi task and so will council. We have many excellent borough employees who can help us access information, and through communication and conversation, we (Mayor and Council) will develop action plan(s)/ goals for each department as necessitated by the team.

What experience do you have that would make you a great candidate?

39 years of successfully managing people, and budgets.  I have a businessman’s view, a developer mentality, the entrepreneurial vision of what Kenilworth can be, and the drive to see the plan to its conclusion.  I also bring in father and son running mates, Scott and Sean Pentz.  Scott who has 30 years of law enforcement experience, and Sean, a very smart enthusiastic young man with an accounting degree, who will bring to council his generations long term perspective of what Kenilworth will be in the future. Together with the other members of Council we will strive to make all resident proud to call Kenilworth home.   

 

Do you have a question you would like to ask the candidates? Please submit your responses to tcuppari@tapinto.net.