(Editor's Note: Three at-large council seats are up for grabs in the Borough of North Plainfield next month. Democrat incumbents Keiona Miller, Frank Righetti and Frank ‘Skip’ Stabile are seeking re-election; the Republican challengers are Robert Fisher, Gary Lewis, and Henry Stoner. TAPinto North Plainfield will be publishing profiles on those candidates who responded to requests for interviews. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and council terms are four years.)
NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Democrat Frank ‘Skip’ Stabile, a lifelong resident and fifth generation North Plainfielder on his mother’s side, was first elected to the North Plainfield Borough Council in 2004 and is currently seeking re-election to his fourth consecutive term.
During his tenure, Stabile has served on various boards, committees and commissions, and held the position of council president from 2007 to 2013. He is currently council liaison to the borough’s Economic Development Committee and its Community Development Block Grant Committee.
A 1994 graduate of North Plainfield High School, Stabile attended Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire and earned a bachelor’s degree in history. From 2004 to 2012 he worked as a chief of staff for a New Jersey State senator. Additionally, he served for a year as an assistant to the executive director of the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and, for the past four months, has been employed as an activities coordinator for Chatham-based ECLC of New Jersey’s P.R.I.D.E. program.
Stabile has been a member of the North Plainfield Lions Club since 2002, serving as its president for the past five years. “Joining the Lions as opposed to another organization just seemed like the natural thing to do and I have been with them ever since,” Stabile, whose late father was a longtime member of the Lions Club, said.
Looking to extend his volunteerism further, Stabile ran for a seat on the council and, over the past three terms, has enjoyed helping residents and playing a role in borough decisions.
“People come to us with concerns, problems, questions, and issues – big and small – they have regarding the town. If it isn’t an area where we can help, it is our job to find out who can and point residents in the right direction,” he said, adding that helping fellow residents is the best reward.
“As councilmembers, we don't get paid; there's no salary at all but the reward is in helping others and in making decisions that you think will benefit the borough,” Stabile said.
According to Stabile, he is the candidate of choice based on his professional experience, his years of service to the community, and his commitment to North Plainfield residents.
“I understand and enjoy the legislative process, I am loyal to the community, and I enjoy helping,” he said. “I hope to continue serving the community and playing a role in the things that need to be done.”
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