SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The latest in TAPintoSPF's series of profiles of Scotch Plains Council candidates: Five Questions With... Elizabeth Stamler.
Name: Elizabeth Stamler
Current Occupation: County of Union, Assistant Superintendent of Weights and Measures
Education: BS Criminology, The College of NJ, 2009; MS Accounting, NJ City University, 2016
Family: Mother: Jeanne, brother: John Dennis, boyfriend: Seth, dog: Annie
# Years Living in Scotch Plains: 31
Why are you running for Town Council?
I love Scotch Plains. It has always been a great town and I have enjoyed living here my entire life. The township is on the cusp of some big changes and I want to be involved. The millennial generation is beginning to get involved on a political level and I think Scotch Plains would benefit from my involvement.
Tell us about your career and how your work and life experience will be beneficial in your role as a Councilperson (if elected)
Growing up, I always thought I would be an attorney. As college was ending, I realized I had substantial loans and didn’t want to take on more by going to law school. Prior to my current position, I was a Child Passenger Safety Technician and I briefly worked in a law firm. Currently, I interact daily with various businesses and consumers as I perform my main duty of ensuring the accuracy and correctness of weighing and measuring devices in Union County. Since I have been a public servant for so many years, I am used to talking with people and understanding their points of view. I believe this will help me succeed as a councilwoman.
What are the issues that you think are most important in Scotch Plains?
Downtown redevelopment, affordable housing, school safety, and taxes.
Scotch Plains will likely look much different in a few years than it does today. I am hoping we will all come together to improve the downtown but still preserve the charm it has. We are open to welcoming new residents but concerned about the impact it will bring to our schools, roads, police, and fire, and ultimately, budget. If the plans are done properly, new businesses will hopefully help to offset some of these costs and keep our tax rate flat.
What should people know about you that they might not know already?
Because of my unique position as both a donor family member and a recipient family member, I am a passionate advocate for organ donation awareness. I serve on the NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board and also the Hearts for Emma Board. Today there are 114,420 Americans waiting for a life-saving transplant.
What else would you like to say?
Voting is so important. Please remember that your vote matters. I recently served as a juror on a civil case and the judge thanked us everyday for our civic duty and stressed the importance of giving back as a citizen. I view voting the same way. I hope you will vote for me, Roshan, and Josh on November 6.