BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The two candidates newly elected to the Bernardsville Borough Council each talked about their vision for the community once they officially become members of the council in January.
Republicans Jena McCredie and Chad McQueen were elected Tuesday to fill the two open seats on the council. They will be taking the place on the council of Diane Greenfield and Chris Schmidt, both Republicans who decided not to seek another term when theirs are up at the end of 2019.
"I’m excited for our community. Bernardsville needs change and the residents recognized and voiced this yesterday by getting out to the polls," McCredie told TAPinto Somerset Hills. "When I decided to run for council, I had no idea what I was getting into. I thought I was going to help make Bernardsville a better place to live. It is and will be so much more than that, as I've learned in the past seven months. Although, the ultimate goal has not changed. It is still to make Bernardsville a better place to live for all residents, increase our property values, bring businesses here and focus our tax dollars in this direction."
McQueen talked about his eagerness to work with the existing members of Bernardsville's government.
"Jena and I are very thankful for the support our community has shown," McQueen said. "We are eager to get to work with the rest of borough council and our mayor. Our first step is to unify a vision for Bernardsville’s future. Plans are already in development to make B’ville a better place to live and raise your family."
Open space development, downtown redevelopment and bringing more businesses downtown are all issues that have been facing the borough government recently.
"The referendum passing is beneficial to provide the potential ability to develop our current 200-plus acres of open space, which will entice prospective buyers to invest in Bernardsville rather than neighboring communities," McCredie said. "We need people on council who have a business mindset, and Chad and I are those people. We need to bring fiscal precision to the borough and how we spend our small discretionary spending budget."
McCredie has been an IT director at Novartis for more than 13 years.
"I have been responsible for budgets greater than Bernardsville's annual budget and have a successful track record for leading both people and large programs," she said. "In addition, my parents and sisters are entrepreneurs who successfully run their own businesses. I was raised to show up, work hard and make things happen. I pride myself in being able to deliver while maintaining strong relationships with others. I hear, from parents and people with whom I graduated, the community feel has been lost. I look forward to hearing from residents and getting Bernardsville back to being more of a community who works together, again."
McCredie and McQueen both received support from Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose.
" They have my whole-hearted endorsement--not just because they're Republicans--but because they are the best candidates for Bernardsville," Canose said in a Facebook post. "They're smart, they care, they listen to the community and they are committed to creating a great place to live, work and raise a family."