PLAINFIELD, NJ - Meet Bridget Rivers. She is a candidate for the Plainfield Council At-Large, First & Fourth Wards seat in the Primary Election on June 4. Rivers, a former councilwoman, is running under the slogan “Progressive Democrats of Plainfield.” She is the first candidate to be featured in our series that gives readers a peek into why a City Council candidate is running, and a chance to learn more about that individual's qualifications.
TAPinto Plainfield reached out to each of the City Council candidates who will be on the June 4 Primary Election ballot. They were asked the same set of questions, and were invited to submit answers for publication.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long have you lived in Plainfield?
I am a lifelong resident of Plainfield.
What do you see as the top two issues facing Plainfield, and if elected/re-elected, how do you specifically plan to address them?
The two issues facing Plainfield is the lack of transparency and accountability. I plan to address these issues by establishing a working relationship and rapport with the council members to ensure that the proper checks and balances are adhered to.
The city’s Master Plan will be undergoing an update. What is your vision for what it should include?
My vision for the City's Master Plan is to focus on the diverse ethnicities and cultures within the city to bring about unity. Make sure they share in the renaissance of Plainfield by having credible businesses, downtown enrichment, vocational tech high school and youth center.
What types of redevelopment do you see coming to the city?
Economic development is important for the continued growth of Plainfield. However, PILOT programs should be short-lived. Beyond that, developers should pay to do business which will help to relieve the property taxes of the residents.
How can the city better work with the Plainfield school district?
The situation at the school district definitely has room for improvement. I suggest that a credible firm be hired to seek out potential employees, such as a superintendent, that would bring viable solutions to existing problems. Offer classes and local conferences to both city and school officials on building work relationships.
Citizens often feel left out of the decision-making process. How do you plan to reach out to residents, and to be more transparent about upcoming projects?
Since residents are the ones who pay salaries through their taxes they should be given a more proactive role in the decision-making process. More outreach to the residents by providing an easy-to-use platform for innovation and engagement, empower citizens, develop a comprehensive communications strategy, provide incentives and sufficient resources.
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