Dear TAPinto Springfield Editor,

As a life-long Springfield resident educated in our great public schools, my decision to run for Township Committee was based foremost in my desire to give back to a community that has given me so much. We live in a terrific town that has infinite possibilities, needing only vision and a commitment to increased communication and transparency, safe streets and a vibrant, defined downtown that retains its charm and small-town feel. These goals are substantial, and my running mate Chris Weber and I are up to the task.

Over the course of the last 11 months, I have knocked on thousands of doors and talked to residents throughout the town. Their pride is evident, but there is a real concern about tax increases impacting affordability. People seek and rightly demand assurances that their voices will be heard and that Springfield’s high level of municipal services continues while remaining an affordable place to live and raise a family.

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Just as Chris and I honored our commitment to run a positive, issues based campaign, we pledge that, as your Committee representatives, we will answer your calls, respond to emails, hold regularly scheduled office hours and advocate for all residents regardless of party affiliation.

As a member of the Rent Leveling Board, I have seen first-hand how seemingly small increases can have tremendous financial consequences, especially for young people and seniors. As chief-of-staff to Assemblyman John McKeon, I have spent the last five years resolving constituent concerns and crafting legislative and public policy initiatives. Whether it is working on the Rahway River flooding conundrum, ensuring JCP&L improves its service and infrastructure, helping residents navigate the state bureaucracy or addressing the SALT property tax deductions, my experience working with individuals and municipalities equips me with a wealth of knowledge that I am eager to bring to the Township Committee.

Chris and I have both dedicated ourselves to public service, Chris in law enforcement and me through the Legislature. We have the experience and the commitment to make Springfield an even better and safer town to live. Please cast your vote for Democrats Weber and Keiser on Column A on Tuesday, November 6th, and together we can continue to move Springfield forward.

Alex Keiser
Democrat for Springfield Township Committee