My name is Marjorie Fox, and I am running for Summit Common Council, Ward 2.  If I am fortunate enough to represent you, I will be an informed, proactive, and independent voice on Council. As a former attorney representing the City of New York and a long-time volunteer on numerous Summit municipal commissions, I am uniquely qualified to hit the ground running on Council.  

I have practical ideas to move Summit forward. Our community recognizes that in our current changing economy, standing still is essentially being left behind.  We need skilled and forward thinking people on Council to guide our community in implementing concrete and realistic ideas. During the Master Plan process last year, residents came out to say that they want smart development, support for the downtown, and strong property values while preserving the character of our community. I have the skills to help make this plan a reality. In addition, I have written a “white paper” with Matt Gould and Beth Little to discuss our ideas on how to support the downtown.

I will be an independent voice on Council, ready to look at any expenditure through the lens of practicality. I will ask hard questions and make sure that we are making the best and most fiscally responsible decisions. A good example is the decision by Council to borrow $300,000 to re-surface Beechwood Road with decorative cobblestone pavers. As new information has come to light, it is clear that this is not a good use of our resources. I will push to rescind the project and retire the debt.  

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I know how to get results.  As Chair of the Summit Recycling Advisory Committee, I have already helped save Summit taxpayers about $700,000 each year through the recycling program. In 2006, I started the City-Wide Earth Day Clean Up -- now in its eleventh year – to organize volunteers to clean up Summit’s many green spaces, such as Hidden Valley, Briant, Wilson, and Passaic River Parks.

I will listen and be responsive to your concerns. I have knocked on over 3300 doors in Ward 2. Talking to people across all neighborhoods, age groups, and demographics ensures that our decisions represent the entirety of our community.  Thanks to technology, we can improve Council’s communication efforts so that citizens can have a solid understanding of the issues and give valuable input before costly decisions are made.  

Summit is a great place to live, but there are some practical things we can do today to make it even better. I look forward to being your voice on Council. Feel free to reach out to me with your ideas and concerns.

I ask for your vote on November 7.

Marjorie Fox is the Democratic candidate for Summit Common Council, Ward 2