Don’t you want someone to really listen to you, have your best interest at heart, and be fully vested in the community in which you live? I do, and the more I learned about, and have gotten to know, Doug Stevinson and Gina Fernandez, they are just that and exactly the right people to lead our wonderful town of Bedminster.

Serving in his third year on the Bedminster Township Committee, Doug has helped reduced spending and delivered a budget, which has kept Bedminster taxes among the lowest in Somerset County. Two years ago, the budget remained flat with a zero tax increase from 2017 to 2018. This year, the total appropriations for 2019 decreased from 2018.

He is the Township Committee liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission, Police, Fire, and Department of Public Works – well respected and has established relationships to get things done.   Active in our community, having served on the Bedminster Land Use Board, Recreational Committee, Far Hills Little League, and Friends of the Jacobus Vanderveer House, he brings insights to how the town operates and can negotiate and implement favorable policies for us.

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Gina, bringing a fresh voice and a fresh perspective as an educator and public school volunteer, offers new and practical ideas from her proven leadership in fundraising (raising over $100,000 for Bedminster Township School), teaching, community service, and advocacy on behalf of parents.

She has done her homework on the budget and township regulations; she cares about the wellbeing of your children (serving Parent Teacher Organizations and Chair of Bernards High School Project Graduation); and she brings passion to children’s causes – she founded an afterschool club, the Hispanic Heritage Club. Her energy is boundless and her commitment ongoing.

Together, Doug and Gina will adopt annual budgets below the rate of inflation, support commercial enterprises and equestrian activities to lessen residential tax burdens, and negotiate new shared services arrangements to continue fiscal responsibility. They will put taxpayers first. 

They will enhance our quality of life by expanding recreational facilities, preserving Bedminister’s rural heritage, and advocating for the revitalization of Pluckemin Park. They plan to strengthen youth activities, co-sponsor educational community programs with Bedminster Township School and Environmental Commission, and reform land use regulations to encourage homeowner reinvestment, growth, and prosperity.  

I’ve joined them on neighborhood walks, and the eagerness to hear resident’s needs, concerns, and desires is sincere. While walking in District 8, which is affordable housing, Gina conversed in Spanish with residents to ensure she and Doug heard their opinions. They are inclusive, respect diversity, and will represent everyone.

I trust Doug Stevinson and Gina Fernandez to understand my needs and put all of the people of Bedminster first. That’s why I’m voting for them; please do the same on Tuesday, November 5.

 

Alicia Berkowitz

Bedminister-Hills resident