NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ -- Below is a candidate survey filled out by Council Member Everett Merrill, candidate for the North Plainfield Borough Council in 2014. We encourage North Plainfield residents to read all candidate surveys to help make their decisions on Election Day.

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Candidate name:
Everett Merrill

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Political party:
Democrat

Home address:
Tremont Avenue, North Plainfield

Years in North Plainfield:
28

Employer:
Gannett

Profession:
Web Producer

Short Biography:
The relationships my family and I have fostered in the 28 years we have lived in the borough makes me a unique candidate for the council. In addition, my professional background in public relations and marketing communications is key for developing strategies to enhance our quality of life.

Family:
married with 2 children

What elected offices have you held?:
North Plainfield Borough Council

What volunteer positions have you held?:
Advisory Group, Somerset County Vo-Tech

North Plainfield's Green Team

Mayor's special events committee

What is the most important issue facing North Plainfield?:
Quality of life. It's important for residents and commercial properties to maintain their property. This is critical for bringing in potential residents and new business. Code enforcement is critical to the process.

What other issues would you address?:
Expansion of Route 22 businesses

Revitalization of the downtown

Ongoing discussion of the Villa Marie Property

Encouraging residents to get active in our towns programs

What makes you proud of North Plainfield?:
Its diversity

Its small town atmosphere

Accessible mayor, council, police and fire departments

A variety of recreational programs for adults and children

How will you improve North Plainfield's future?:
Its zip code

What is your five-year plan as a member of the North Plainfield Township Committee?:
More community involvement

What else would you like the voters in North Plainfield to know?:
My family and I are proud to call North Plainfield our home. Serving on the borough council for the past five years has been a gratifying experience for our family. My colleagues and I are always searching for creative ways to improve the quality of life for residents, while attracting new business opportunities. As we move forward, it's important to continue the open dialogue we enjoy between our residents, council and administration.