My name is Marjorie Fox, and I am the Democratic candidate for the Ward 2 seat on Summit’s Common Council.  I am thrilled with the results of the Primary last Tuesday and look forward to meeting more Summit residents and hearing your thoughts about our City.

I am uniquely qualified to serve on Council, both because of my background as an attorney for the City of New York and as a demonstrated coalition builder in our community.

I graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Biology and earned my law degree from Columbia University. My husband, Jeff Naiman, and I moved to Summit from New York City in 1999 to raise our two children. We chose to live in Summit because of the stellar public schools, beautiful downtown, and the close-knit feeling of community.  

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As we have raised our children in Summit, I have tried to teach them the importance of giving back to the community and caring for others. Together, we cleaned up parks on Earth Day, played board games with homeless children being hosted by Family Promise, and made lunches for the homeless through Bridges. I have always believed that if you see a need, you should step up and do something. That is why I am running for Council.

My work for New York City involved litigation to ensure that the interests of the City and its citizens were protected, as well as counseling city agencies on legal compliance.  As a result, I have encountered and mastered many complex legal and governmental issues over the course of my career. I know how to do the research and ask the hard questions that help solve practical problems.

As a result of twelve years of volunteering on Summit’s city commissions, I have become   familiar with the workings of our government.  I know how to navigate City Hall for answers or action and how to take an idea and turn it into a project that works.

My experience organizing events such as our City-wide Earth Day cleanup with its hundreds of volunteers, now in its 11th year, demonstrates my dedication and expertise in energizing neighborhood groups, local businesses, and county resources.  My connections to the community are wide and deep - I am the candidate who can hit the ground running.  

If elected, I will dedicate my efforts to these goals:  

  • Put our needs before our wants.  Everyone likes to talk about fiscal responsibility, but I will focus on controlling expenditures and making sure we are investing in the areas that affect our quality of life, including schools, road maintenance, upkeep of city properties, and public safety.

  • Be a strong advocate with Union County.  I will work to ensure that Summit gets its fair share of services and that tax dollars are returned back to our community.  

  • Make Summit’s governance more transparent.  We need to provide information that allows residents to comment meaningfully on Council’s actions before votes are taken.  New technology and social media can help to achieve this goal. We can make sure that all Summit residents’ opinions are heard.

  • Identify opportunities to decrease City expenses and access previously un-tapped assets.  For example, Summit taxpayers save approximately $700,000 each year through its recycling program.  The Recycling Advisory Committee, which I currently chair, has enhanced the recycling by spearheading innovations to the program and educating the public about the City’s recycling program.  And community businesses offer a wealth of talent and resources. I have seen their generosity when asked and know we can better utilize their assistance.  

  • Promote and protect the excellence of our schools.  As an active volunteer in the schools and as a parent of two children who attend Summit public schools, I know how important the schools are to our community and our children.

Summit deserves all of our very best efforts to preserve its community spirit, charm, and educational excellence.   I am running for Council because I believe that I have the skills and passion to make Summit even better. I hope you will join me.  Please contact me at foxforsummit@gmail.com, visit me on Facebook, or go to my website to learn more and to support my campaign.

Marjorie Fox is the Democratic candidate for Summit Common Council, Ward II.