(Editor’s Note: This year, two at-large seats are up for grabs on the South Plainfield Borough Council. Democrats Jon Dean and Sandy Doyon are running against Republicans Melanie Mott and Peter Smith. Council terms are three years and profiles are being published alphabetically, alternating by party, as follows: Dean, Mott, Doyon, and Smith.)
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Melanie Mott, a resident since 2005, is seeking election to the South Plainfield Borough Council. Mott is running for the at-large three-year seat on the Republican ticket.
Mott has worked in customer service since the age of 14 and has been a realtor since 2004. She and her husband, Chris, have three children ages 21, 16, and 9. On a local front, Mott is a member of the South Plainfield Elks #2298 and has volunteered her time with the PTOs at her children’s schools.
Mott told TAPinto South Plainfield she is running for council because she is a ‘great listener with an open mind, fair, honest, and an out-of-the-box thinker.’ “Now that my children are older, I have the time to use these skills to help our community and feel I can offer a fresh perspective,” she said, adding, “Mayor Anesh and his team are independent thinkers that constantly come up with innovative ideas to help South Plainfield be a better place to raise a family [and] my goal is to help continue to make South Plainfield a great community for all of us.”
According to Mott, South Plainfield currently has one of the lowest tax rates in the area and she feels holding down taxes and spending is among the top issues facing the borough. If elected, Mott said she will ‘work with the mayor and fellow council members to continue to ‘hold the line on taxes to keep South Plainfield affordable and moving in the right direction.’
“Mayor Anesh’s team has consistently done really amazing things all while keeping our taxes down. With an average municipal tax increase of just under $50 over the last 10 years, I would say that ‘Getting it Done’ is quite an understatement,” said Mott. “I am very thankful for Mayor Anesh, Council President Wolak, Councilmen Bengivenga and White, and Councilwoman Faustini for their tireless work, involvement, and dedication to South Plainfield and I hope to be a part of their team.”
According to Mott, under the current administration, South Plainfield doubled the size of the library and added two new parks and, as a member of the council, her goal is to ‘continue expanding opportunities for the community’s youth.’ “I will work with the mayor’s team to expand opportunities for our kids – including those with special needs and those interested in sports, music and the arts – so that we can continue to a be family-friendly town for years to come,” she said.
Beautifying the community is also top on her ‘to do’ list and, as a member of the council Mott said she will work to expand upon what has been done over recent years, citing the decorative banners, street-sweeping program, and beautification trust fund as examples of beautification initiatives implemented in recent years by the Anesh Team. As a member of the council, Mott said she’d work to form a committee dedicated to beautifying the town and strengthening code and zoning enforcement.
“I will work hard on the residents’ behalf to ensure that South Plainfield remains affordable while also looking for ways to expand opportunities for all who live here,” she said.
Mott describes herself as ‘dedicated,’ ‘approachable,’ ‘nonjudgmental,’ ‘empathetic,’ and ‘results-driven’ and said that as a member of the council she will ‘observe, listen, make things happen, and always look out for the best interest in the community as a whole.’ She feels her personal and professional background make her the ‘candidate of choice.’
“As a mother of three, I understand the need to keep South Plainfield affordable but at the same time continue to look at different ways to improve the town for our kids, families and seniors,” said Mott. “I know what it’s like to struggle, what it’s like to fail, what it’s like to overcome what seems like the impossible, and what it takes to succeed. These are the things that give me the drive I have [and] I will always be here to listen and to help when the time comes…”
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