Citizens of New Providence
This year the Republican candidates for the NP Borough Council are running unopposed. This creates a problem. That being, the candidates have no obligation to express their views or platforms.
A democracy is the most difficult form of government to function effectively. This is because a democracy requires participation by the governed. Ideally, the participants should be well-informed and armed with the truth. In a single party ruled government like New Providence, the need to have the governed participate is diminished.
What does this mean for New Providence? It means we have a government decision-making process which includes very little participation by the governed.
I have attended nearly every Borough Council meeting over the last 18 months. Most meetings are attended by hardly any members of the community. Occasionally, there is an issue like affordable housing, or race relations that bring out more participants. Those situations are rare.
I ask you to think about yourselves. Have you ever felt motivated to attend a Council meeting? Do you feel your voice on an issue would matter in the outcome? Have you ever inquired about what did the Council accomplish over the last month or year? Do you know who all of the Council members are? Do you know who our Borough Administrator is?
Besides the above, what other evidence is there that our government in NP lacks participation.
A quick look at the NP website and other documents reveals the following:
- Some resources and information are out dated by years.
- You will not be able to locate any topics an advisory committee has discussed or is considering.
- Minutes of Council meetings are usually available months after a meeting.
- Meeting agendas are not available until the 48 hour legally required publication time.
- Most of the money for the 2019 Council campaigns for both parties came from outside New Providence.
- And many more examples, but you get the idea.
As I mentioned, I have attended nearly every Council meeting over the last 18 months. I have often been frustrated by the lack of discussion, the absence of community participation. The ignoring of suggestions or dissent when expressed, and the dismissal of input submitted through correspondence.
I’m asking you to send a message to our government leaders in New Providence.
Take your mail in ballot and write in Allen Swanson for Borough Council.
I have been and will continue to be a voice for the environment, social justice, transparency in government, decreased outside influence in campaigns, and the Truth.
In short, if you want the Council to know you are here, you care and you want to see a more transparent, pro-active and accountable government, TAKE ACTION.
Write in. Allen Swanson for Borough Council
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