1. Why are you running for Town Council again? I am running for re-election to the Scotch Plains Town Council because Scotch Plains has been a great place to live for me and my family and my goal is to help keep our town a great place to live and raise families.
I have been privileged to serve on the town council for the last 4 years. I take great pride in representing the residents of Scotch Plains. This is my hometown and I want to continue to do my best to represent the residents of this town so Scotch Plains can remain one of the best places to live in NJ and the country.
2. Why do you feel you deserve the job? What qualifies you for it?
I believe that my experience living in Scotch Plains and growing up here, attending the Scotch Plains public schools, playing in sports leagues as a kid and coaching in the same leagues as an adult while raising my kids here, and serving as a representative of the people of this town, has provided me with a unique background and experience. I have combined my background and familiarity of living in Scotch Plains with my knowledge and experience as an attorney to serve the residents of this community for the past 4 years on the town council.
During my service on the council, I have made every effort to provide an independent voice for our residents in the decisions I have made. I believe Scotch Plains residents want and need their representatives to make decisions that are based on good judgment, fair-mindedness and allegiance to what is in the residents’ best interest.
Too often, our elected representatives have engaged in partisanship and have been beholden to political parties and other interests. This has impacted the functionality of the town council and adversely affects the public.
3. How do feel about property taxes in Scotch Plains? Please explain.
I believe that property taxes is the top issue for our residents. This issue is intertwined with quality of life in Scotch Plains and the services that we provide to our residents. Property taxes go hand-in-hand with these issues.
This year I was part of the town council majority (myself, Bo Vastine and Llewellyn Jones) which achieved the lowest municipal tax increase in Scotch Plains in over a decade.
The property taxes our residents pay also include the public schools and the county taxes. These entities overwhelmingly make-up most of the cost of residents’ tax bills. We recognize the importance of doing what we can at the municipal level on the town council to keep our residents’ municipal property taxes down as much as possible.
4. What other issues are important?
I believe that the potential police merger between Scotch Plains and Fanwood is another big issue for our town. We should try to accomplish a traditional police merger that truly benefits our town rather than the “joint meeting” proposal advocated by Fanwood and supported by a minority on the town council and our opponents in this election. A joint meeting proposal to merge the 2 police departments is detrimental to Scotch Plains and is a bad idea that is not in Scotch Plains residents’ best interest.
5. What else would you like people to know?
If I am re-elected, I will continue to provide the independent thinking and decision-making that I have displayed over the past 4 years serving on the town council. I am committed to serving the residents of Scotch Plains the best I can.