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Candidate Statement from Cedar Grove Town Council Candidate Kerry Peterson

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I am running for a seat on the Cedar Grove Town Council because I care deeply for this town.  I grew up in Cedar Grove, I met my husband in Cedar Grove, and I am raising my family in Cedar Grove.  I am running for Town Council because I am confident that I will make a difference.  I want to give back to the community that has provided so much to my family and me. I am committed to fiscal responsibility and preserving Cedar Grove’s distinctive suburban characteristics while working to add to and improve upon the services our township currently offers.  My work with the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad, Cedar Grove Junior Women’s Club, Cedar Grove Junior Baseball and Softball League, Cedar Grove 100th Anniversary Committee and the Cedar Grove Community Pool has created a formidable foundation to achieve my goals.

Cedar Grove prides itself on being a fiscally responsible community with a stable tax history. Every decision that I make will always be balanced against its fiscal impact in order to ensure that this focus on sustainable spending remain a priority.  By maintaining stable property taxes, we create a confidence in our community, which will encourage families and businesses to make Cedar Grove their future home. 

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This is a critical time for Cedar Grove. The development of the Hilltop will soon commence, and it is vital that we elect council members who are willing to fight to preserve what little open space we have in Cedar Grove.  If elected, I will work aggressively and explore all of our options to find solutions to protect our remaining open space.  In addition, I fully support Councilman Cicalas’s plan to preserve the Newark watershed property on Ridge Road. If elected, I will work closely with Councilman Cicala and the council in order to pursue the acquisition of this property utilizing PILOT (Payment In Lieu of Taxes) money to make this purchase.

I have been a critical care nurse for almost twenty-three years and I am passionate about health promotion.  I want to inspire our community to consider the health needs of our residents an essential component of a community-improvement agenda. It is here, in our small community, where we can create and implement impactful programs designed to prevent disease and injury, improve health, and enhance the quality of life of all of our residents. We need to take full advantage of our community center, county resources, and other strategic alliances to institute routine health screenings and other wellness-based initiatives. 

It is the responsibility of the Town Council to listen to the residents of our community and work to solve issues. If elected, I will work tirelessly for the all the residents of Cedar Grove.   I hope to get the opportunity to serve the residents of Cedar Grove and ask for your vote on May 9th.

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