(Editor’s Note: This year, two at-large seats are up for grabs on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Democrats Roberto Sayers and Cassie Capparelli are running against Republican incumbents Christine Faustini and Derryck White. Council terms are three years and Election Day 2017 is Tuesday, Nov. 7.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  – Cassie Capparelli, a lifelong resident, is seeking election to the South Plainfield Borough Council as a member of the Democratic Party. She currently works for the Middlesex County Purchasing Department and is also a certified Registered Municipal Clerk. Please watch the video to hear why Cassie Capparelli is running for council .......

Capparelli said she is seeking election to the South Plainfield Borough Council to ‘continue the legacies’ her family has put forward over the years. Her maternal grandfather was a member of the South Plainfield Lions Club for over 50 years while her paternal grandfather served as deputy chief of the South Plainfield Police Department. Additionally, Capparelli’s uncle was employed with the borough’s department of public works for over 40 years.

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“I was born and raised in South Plainfield [and so were] both of my parents. We have been involved in the community for as long as I can remember,” she said, adding, “My family has been here for many generations and I want to do my part in giving back to the community.”

If elected, Capparelli said she would like to address the traffic issues in town. To alleviate the problem, she feels that efforts should be made to see if certain intersections can be widened and/or if designated turning lanes can be created. “All over, no matter what side of town you are on, you are constantly sitting in traffic at any given point of the day,” she said.

Capparelli would also like to see create a board or commission dedicated to ‘better improving’ South Plainfield’s rec programs. “My grandfather was a big advocate for the youth in South Plainfield and one of the founders of the PAL building,” she said. “I want to continue that and give the youth in town more of any opportunity.”

Additionally, Capparelli said she is in favor of implementing Democracy Day in the borough to provide residents the opportunity to vote on certain programs or purchases over $1 million. Although the results would not be binding, a vote, she said, would provide residents with a say while also providing the governing body an idea about how residents feel.

As a lifelong resident with strong ties, Capparelli sees South Plainfield as a close-knit community where everyone has the same goals. “It’s like a little family…everybody knows everybody and everyone is pretty much on the same page,” she said, adding that if elected ‘politics wouldn't come in to play.’ “For me, it’s about everyone working together to get things done.”

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