I am writing to share my unqualified and enthusiastic support for Agnes Sym. Agnes will bring much-needed professional credentials and representation of the voice of the parents with children in Millburn Township schools to the Millburn Township Committee.
Agnes is a seasoned attorney who knows how to listen to competing views and come up with common sense solutions. She has achieved a senior role as an attorney at Fidelity Investments and her success is determined by her ability to provide complex solutions to difficult challenges daily.
Many of our residents feel our current committee members have their own agendas and are too quick to dismiss the concerns of residents. This was evident in the recent decisions that left our residents and business owners wholly unrepresented in recent real estate litigation.
Our Township of Millburn needs someone who will listen to our residents and take our interests into account before voting on a controversial issue. During the recent hearing regarding the Woodland Road development, I was disappointed to see our current mayor’s dismissive demeanor to resident’s concerns and to hear her read a pre-written speech, indicating she had already made up her mind before the residents were able to share their views.
As a former member of the Township Committee, I know what it takes to make a difference in our local government. Unfortunately, I’ve been increasingly troubled by the tactics used to discredit potential candidates. Our current mayor commented in the recent debate that other state officials in the Democratic party will be more likely to work only with other party officials. This is deplorable, untrue and obviously motivated by the intention of weakening of her adversary’s position. Party line rhetoric becomes weaponized with comments like that, and we should not tolerate this at any level of government. From experience, I can tell you that I have found many elected officials who put party lines second to getting the job done for their constituents.
Agnes believes strongly in public service. She’s President of the local Korean Parent Organization and Den Leader of Cub Scouts Pack 1, a board member of the Newcomers & Neighbors of Short Hills & Millburn and an active member of the Glenwood Parent Teacher Organization. She is also a member of the Catholic Church of St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills.
Not only is Agnes highly qualified, community-minded and infectiously energetic, but she will begin the process of encouraging diversity among our elected officials. For too long, our Township Committee hasn’t reflected our diverse community. Agnes will be a trailblazer in the realm of diversity and inclusion. Millburn needs balance and Millburn needs Agnes.