Dear Editor:

My name is Francine Glaser, and I'm a resident of Fanwood, NJ. I am proud to be running in the November 5th general election for Fanwood Borough Council along with my running mates Mayor Colleen Mahr, Councilwoman Kathy Mitchell, and Councilman Jeff Banks. As a newer resident who bought her first home in Fanwood, I bring a fresh perspective to our community along with a background filled with public and private-sector experience.

While this is my first run for Council, I have a deep background in government experience and a Bachelor of Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers Bloustein School. When I fell in love with Fanwood and bought a home in our borough, I knew I wanted to get involved in the community. As I put my roots down, I sought out the Democratic Committee. This was a natural place for my involvement since I have worked with other statewide and local elected officials.

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There are two important issues Fanwood now faces that I am committed to fighting for: a one-seat ride on New Jersey transit and affordability. The one-seat ride directly to Manhattan is important because it impacts the quality of life for so many who rely on the train every day, it would mean less stress and less time commuting. As a daily commuter from Fanwood, I recognize the disadvantage we experience as compared to all the other NJ Transit lines that have a one-seat ride. Gaining the one seat ride will benefit the entire community because it will increase property values. As your Councilwoman, I will have a platform to be a stronger advocate for my fellow commuters and neighbors.

Keeping our borough affordable is the second big issue we face. I recognize that local government only controls 20% of our tax bill, but I think it is critical we continue to keep our taxes stable so that young families like mine, people who have called Fanwood home for many years, and our seniors can continue to afford Fanwood.

I look forward to continuing to meet my fellow Fanwoodians and respectfully ask for your vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Francine Glaser