MILLTOWN, NJ - Kyle Livingstone is running for one of the two open seats on the Milltown Borough Council on November 5. Livingstone is a Republican and a relative newcomer to the political realm.
"I am a first-time candidate who entered the race after becoming fed-up with the rising cost of living in Milltown," Livingstone explained. "As councilman, I will do my best to restore fiscal discipline while preserving the character that makes Milltown great."
The York College of Pennsylvania and Rutgers Law School graduate is currently an in-house counsel for a national insurance carrier and practices law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He and his fiance purchased their first home in Milltown last year.
"I am seeking a seat on the borough council to bring the responsible governance I believe our town deserves, and requires to keep Milltown affordable and safe," Livingstone said on his decision to run for office this November on a ticket with incumbent Republican candidate Councilwoman Doriann Kerber and Republican mayoral candidate Councilman Richard Revolinsky.
As a life-long Milltown resident and a former Eagle Scout for Milltown Troop 33, Livingstone appreciates the family-friendly community and culture of the borough. He feels his legal experience will be beneficial if elected to the council on November 5.
"As a trial attorney with experience in a variety of fields including personal injury, construction, environmental law and product defect liability," Livingstone explained. "I am well suited for the range of topics faced by our council in the coming years. Whether it be with our town finances, the Ford Avenue Redevelopment or the overhaul of our aging water-system. My experience working alongside industry experts to make tough strategic and financial decisions will be invaluable. I intend to bring the same passion and thought I use to represent my clients in the courtroom to represent the people of Milltown at Borough Hall."
The borough's aging infrastructure, rising utility rates and water problems were hot button topics at last week's Milltown Candidates Forum. The three issues top Livingstone's list of current issues impacting Milltown as well.
"Our town's aging and neglected infrastructure is in dire need of repair," Livingstone said. "Our town was run with the short-term in mind for decades and we failed to properly invest in our future. Unfortunately, the recent issues with rising rates, brown water, spotty water pressure and breaking mains are the price for that failure. Special attention is needed to remedy these problems before they get worse."
Livingstone's goals if elected include maintaining safety in the borough along with its affordability and community values. His other goals focus on "reinvesting all utility surpluses into the repair and replacement of our town's aging water, sewer and electrical systems, retaining a grant-writer, on commission, to raise funds for borough projects in a revenue-positive way and to utilize available state funding to explore opportunities for shared services with neighboring municipalities."
"With the right leadership, we can keep Milltown affordable today and sustainable for tomorrow," Livingstone added. "Rich Revolinsky, Doriann Kerber and I have the vision and integrity necessary to make that happen."
* In the upcoming days, Tapinto Milltown/Spotswood will continue with the Meet the Candidate series. Each candidate running for the Milltown Borough Council and the office of mayor was asked to participate in the Meet the Candidate series and was provided with the same questions.