MILLTOWN, NJ - Republican Doriann Kerber is not a stranger to local government. The councilwoman is running for re-election after serving on the Milltown Borough Council for the past six years. The longtime resident is running on a ticket along with fellow borough council candidate Republican Kyle Livingstone and Republican mayoral candidate Richard Revolinsky.
"I want to continue to partner with the borough staff to implement more complete streets and education with educational outreach in other areas of the borough, to assist Milltown in creating a more pleasant place to live with more beautification and green projects in the borough," Kerber said. "Also, more educational outreach, introduce more programs and create surveys to get input from residents plus our local businesses for greening our town. I have partnered with many and will pursue this during the winter months with mini seminars so we can get started next spring on new projects, new outreach and get the students more involved in community."
"Being on the council for six years, I developed a relationship with the county, municipal committee members and communicate well to facilitate or coordinate events," Kerber continued. "My interpersonal skills can bring the community together to do more beautifying in our parks, green infrastructure solutions for storm water runoff and outreach programs. Networking and partnering with the county, and the community and outside agencies I have brought more awareness to Milltown and implemented new programs or shared new programs with the community."
The entrepreneur enjoys working with others and has a special place in her heart for Milltown.
"Milltown is a small friendly town with many passionate people who care about where they live and their neighbors," Kerber said of the borough. "We are a sharing community who come out and support those who need assistance especially in time of a disaster or for fundraising events. Milltown is a walkable community. The volunteers makes this a special town. Sometimes people run, walk, shop or fish on the bridge and it is so nice to see people enjoying our downtown. Some people ride bikes or walk and at times people even greet you."
Kerber has a long history of community service. She is a board member on the Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership Board and a supporter of the M.C.F.O.O.D.S. food drives. She is the Middlesex County Water Resource Association Board Secretary 2015-2020 and a Rutgers Green Infrastructure Champion for Milltown and the county for storm water management. Kerber served on the Middlesex County Health & Wellness Council from 2014 to 2019 and was able to coordinate to achieve a Bronze Level Award in 2018 and 2019. She has been a part of the Safe Places to Work for street smart campaign and complete streets with the community and borough staff from Keep Middlesex Moving, achieving the bronze level in 2019 for Safe Routes to School. Kerber is a member of the Milltown Lions Club and a Destination 2040 County Master Plan update participant.
Kerber feels fiscal responsibility and planning for future projects are important issues facing the borough as is the aging infrastructure.
"We need to have assessments for roadways, parks and utilities to prioritize Milltown’s short term and long term goals," she said. "We need our professionals, borough staff and the public involved in the process."
"Many people are passionate about preservation, beautifying our town and working toward improved communication to increase awareness," Kerber continued. "Collaboration with several entities is important to expand the outreach and education to our community that includes nonprofits, local businesses and staff."
If re-elected on November 5, Kerber would like to continue to apply for grants for health, beautification, outreach and green infrastructure as well as utilize staff assessments to plan for future maintenance on Milltown's infrastructure.
"We need to build our relationships with local towns plus outside agencies to increase our shared services for savings to our residents, local businesses and nonprofits," Kerber added. "We need input from our residents and bring the community together on projects to benefit our town. In addition, Milltown needs to attract new businesses, evaluate our programs for improvement and seek cost effective solutions. I received the 2019 Sustainable Raritan Stewardship Award for outreach, coordinating the rain garden installations and beautifying the parks."
On November 5, Milltown voters will be deciding on two borough council seats as well as the office of mayor. Kerber is seeking re-election for one of the seats along with her running mate, Kyle Livingstone. Democratic borough council candidates Phil Zambrana Jr. and Anna Neubauer are also seeking seats. Councilwoman Trina Jensen Mehr is running for mayor along with Revolinsky.
Kerber and her fellow borough council candidates participated in a forum on October 16. The forum can be viewed on the borough's YouTube channel.
*All of the candidates in the Milltown Borough Council and mayoral election were asked to participate in the Meet the Candidate series.