(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. Election Day 2019 is Tuesday, Nov. 5.)
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Lifelong resident Sandy Doyon is seeking election to the South Plainfield Borough Council. Doyon, who in 2018 ran for the mayoral seat, is seeking election this year to an at-large three-year term on the Democratic ticket.
Doyon attended South Plainfield Schools and, after college, worked in managerial and administrative positions before going on to become a teacher. She has taught first grade at Kennedy Elementary School for most of her career and, since 2008, has served as vice president of the South Plainfield Education Association. Additionally, she helps run Cooper Office Furniture, a former Plainfield now Flemington-based business established by her parents. She and her husband Tom have been married for 38 years and are parents to the late Tommy.
Doyon, who lost her son to an overdose a few years ago, is involved with Market Street Mission, a Morristown-based organization dedicated to helping the homeless and those battling addiction. She also currently sits on committee that is working with Senator Patrick J. Diegnan to develop a bill to provide age-appropriate drug education to fifth grade through middle school students and, if elected, would like to establish a volunteer team to help families dealing with addiction.
Doyon said she is seeking a seat on the council because ‘she has a lot to offer’ and wants to give back to her hometown. “I’ve had a lot of life experiences, been involved and worked with many different people and groups. I feel that, with my background, I can offer a lot to the town,” Doyon told TAPinto South Plainfield.
Doyon feels the role of a council member is to promote community development. “That goes beyond beautification. The council has to promote this town and entice good businesses to come here,” she said.
According to Doyon, ensuring that the South Plainfield Community Pool reopens on time, along with reducing truck traffic, increasing transparency, and making the town more inclusive, are among the top issues currently affecting the borough.
In terms of traffic, Doyon would like to see more done to stop large commercial vehicles from traveling along residential roads such as South Plainfield Avenue and Front Street. “The truck route signs were put up last year, but it is still a problem. Their GPS may still be taking them that way,” she said, adding that large rigs trying to turn with kids walking to and from school is ‘frightening.’ “I don’t know what the solution is but I think we really need to look into it.”
A proponent of the pool renovation project, Doyon said she is concerned work will not be completed on schedule and feels that there was a lack of transparency from the current administration in regard to its closure. “We didn't know that pool was going to close until days after the election last year,” she said. “How it fell into such disrepair is beyond me, and we need to stay on top of it when it reopens.”
Additionally, Doyon feels the borough should be more transparent when it comes to issues such as those that occurred within the recreation department. “When questions are asked, the answer is always ‘we can’t talk about.’ But we can. We can talk about ways to ensure that someone is watching the money,” Doyon told TAPinto.
While Doyon feels that the current administration ‘has done a pretty good job,’ she also feels it is ‘too exclusive’ and that, in many cases, those best suited for volunteer positions are turned away due to party affiliation. “We shouldn't be turning people away because of their political views or what party they belong to. We need to be more inclusive,” she said. “It is not healthy to have a community run entirely by one party… We have to work across the line. It’s not about being the Republican Team or the Anesh Team. It is about being the South Plainfield Team.”
Residents, said Doyon, should vote for her on Nov. 5 because she is ‘hard-working, willing to ask the hard questions, and honest. “I have the ability to work together; I do not care what someone’s political affiliation is. Love the community and I love the people, said Doyon.
“I have been active my whole life and I know there is a lot I can give to the town. As a member of the council I will give my best to South Plainfield as I have my entire life,” she said.
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