Below is a candidate survey filled out by Wendy Schaefer, 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:
Wendy Schaefer

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Political party:
Democrat

Home address:
Willow Avenue, North Plainfield

Years in North Plainfield:
10

Employer:
An insurance company in Warren,  NJ

Profession:
IT Professional/Applications Developer

Short Biography:
 I would like the residence of North Plainfield to benefit from my management and customer service skills.  I am a problem solver, forward thinker, I know how to make a decision and believe in strong communication. 

I have been involved in developing ways to maintain flat budgets without sacrificing service and work within a team.  

I think I can bring North Plainfield a fresh perspective and look forward to working with them if given the opportunity. 

Family:
No children.  Rescued cats and dogs

What elected offices have you held?:
N/A

What volunteer positions have you held?:
For North Plainfield I currently serve on the Historical Preservation Commission. 

I volunteer to work any Mayor’s Special Events when possible and help out where needed. 

I volunteer for an animal rescue group who specializes in TNR and can do any number of activates from taking the initial call to coordinating the project, trap, recover, etc.

What is the most important issue facing North Plainfield?:
Stabilize taxes.  Continue use shared services from surrounding communities.

What other issues would you address?:
No entry

What makes you proud of North Plainfield?:
 Neighborhood and Neighbors.

The sense of pride the community has.

The history and quaintness. 

Services provided by the borough.

The events and programs available to residence.

How will you improve North Plainfield's future?:
 Economic Development.

Increase communication.  Get residence more involved. 

Hold banks and mortgage companies accountable for their properties.

Attract bigger and more lucrative business on Route 22.

Encourage more volunteerism in the borough.

What is your five year plan as a member of the North Plainfield Borough Council?:
Hard work and dedication is a group effort.  It is my goal that the council as a group will bring out positive change throughout the borough proving that one party alone can accomplish anything.

What else would you like the voters in North Plainfield to know?:
 I think North Plainfield is a wonderful town and a great place to live.  I am proud to be a resident.  I will vote with my heart and for what is right for the community.

I look forward to serving you.