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)

How would you represent persons that voted for your opponent and include their views into decision making?

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The overwhelming decisions made by local government are not partisan but deal with competency. They do require sound mature judgment.  To preclude valuable input from citizens from another party isn’t only bad politics it is also bad government. We face the responsibility of a 2% cap in spending and the ever present need to provide quality services.  The tent of ideas needs to be expanded not narrowed.  My experience is that in Kenilworth everyone is entitled and able to have their say.

Do you think the Boulevard is successful? If not, what would you do to change it?

Yes. Our Boulevard is successful and continues to grow. I spearheaded the effort to enhance the uptown via beautification. I have stated as often as asked that the goal must be expansion of pedestrian traffic to encourage more growth. As the founder and owner of a small business I pledge to be a consistent advocate for the growth of our business district. On a related subject I have pledged to the residential areas of the Boulevard that the recent reconstruction of the roadway will not mean a license to speed. We will continue to keep the speed down on the Boulevard.

Why are you Running for Council?

I grew up in Kenilworth.  Serving in office has provided me the opportunity to “give back” and make a contribution to my hometown. It is satisfying when we can help citizens. I am a stakeholder in Kenilworth.  I want to bring my business judgment and my life experiences in Kenilworth to help make our Borough better for us all.

Can you expand on how the development of neighboring communities impacts Kenilworth?

The neighboring communities development has a great deal of impact on Kenilworth. It starts with the major increase in traffic flow which doesn’t just stop at our borders. Population density is a problem on the horizon for all of Union County including Kenilworth.  Another major impact is that development means more pressure on the Rahway Valley Sewage Authority and a greater expense to Kenilworth. 

The massive project in Cranford off Orange Avenue will not be good for Kenilworth, Sadly, I envision more traffic flowing on to 21st Street and uptown to the Boulevard. The lack of improvements to N.J. Transit places more pressure on communities such as Kenilworth in terms of more automobile traffic.

We have an amazing Police Dept. Which is antiquated public safety is a big concern these days what are your plans to keep the town safe? 

Our police department receives nothing but excellent reviews by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.  The Governing Body has worked hard to have a better form of communication between our legal department and our public safety personnel. Recent training seminars with our police is an aspect I find especially valuable and will encourage. As such the word “antiquated” has no relationship to our police department.

 

Salvatore Candarella (R)

How would you represent persons that voted for your opponent and include their views into decision making?

To use a Deluca term "we are all Kenilworthians", I would never ask a resident who they voted for. I will represent all the residents of Kenilworth by making decisions based on what I feel is right for all of us residents.

Do you think the Boulevard is successful? If not, what would you do to change it?

Like I stated last week, I am a commercial realtor, and work with all the retail commercial brokers in the area. I plan to meet with the property owners and offer my experience and knowledge in this area.  Planting flowers is good, but with my professional background I have the experience to help the Landlords collect a fair rent. 

Why are you Running for Council?

To make Kenilworth a better place to live, and raise a family.  Simple statement, but there is a lot to do behind the senses to get there. My objective is to have people driving on the parkway and see exit 138 and say, wow, Kenilworth!!  I have friends there, I had a good meal at that restaurant there, I like the friendly people of that town.  Maybe We should look there for our next house. That is how I became a resident of this Borough.

Can you expand on how the development of neighboring communities impacts Kenilworth?

There is negative and positives. Looking at the positive, it will increase the value of our homes, it will bring additional people to spend money at our retail shops. It could bring additional ancillary businesses to our borough.  We all know the negatives. Traffic, congestion, possible flooding issues… Let's dwell on how it can help Kenilworth to become a more desirable place to live.   

We have an amazing Police Dept. Which is antiquated public safety is a big concern these days what are your plans to keep the town safe? 

Not sure if I understand you question, but here is my answer. We do have amazing first responders.  15 years ago, then Mayor Fiamago presented a plan to enlarge the existing Municipal and Police buildings. I personally was part of the committee to bring in architects to prepare rendering and estimates on how we can update our antiquated buildings. The residents made  it known that they did not want this, and Mayor and Council listened. During the next several years I do remember that the police upgraded the 911 phone system, and completed several other projects. I do not know of any projects this administration completed.   Regarding town safety, we are having the same issues  as  all the other surrounding communities. Additional patrolmen on the street is  important, but just as  important is  police work that the residents do not  see. Staying  on top of  crime trends, investigating and tracking down criminals who live in our area, and  don't forget about legal and  illegal drug  investigations.   But to answer your questions, I will look for advice form Chief Zimmerman, and his staff who have many years of experience of what our police department needs to continue to keep us safe. Firemen and EMTs are also a special part of our community, and will not be forgotten in my administration.

 

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