3rd Ward Councilman
At the request of the Lower Township Democratic Club, I am a candidate for Councilman in the Third Ward of Lower Township in the Democratic Primary.
In 2015, I retired from working as a safety manager for an environmental engineering company, which gives me more time to pursue social justice. I moved then from Northern NJ to Lower Township, NJ. It has beautiful beaches, but people struggle to pay their bills about eight months a year.
At my former church, I was an active Sunday school teacher. My favorite age is kindergarten, but I have taught youth from 2 to 15 years old. In my current church, I lead the new Economic Justice Study Group. I now volunteer with Cape Island Habitat Restoration Task Force, with the East Lynne Theater Company, with Cape Hope Cares, and as a volunteer tax preparer with the County’s RSVP Tax Aide Program. I worked as a volunteer in the peace movement since 1968.
My college degrees are in chemistry and environmental engineering. I have had professional certifications in environmental management, industrial hygiene and occupational safety
You can contact me at email@example.com or by calling 732 / 539 – 8128
Whether you believe in active or inactive government, you can’t get what you want when everything is secret. You can be sure that when one party controls every decision in Washington, the State, the County, and the Township, their monopoly of power will keep:
a. Common citizens from knowing who benefits from each decision.
b. New and competing ideas from stimulating creative solutions to the Township’s problems.
The simple fact that the Republicans now in power oppose me represents an opportunity to increase your ability to achieve the kind of community you want to live in.
Specific issues include:
1. How many citizens want a new indoor water sports facility or road improvements on the bay shore? Both projects are elective and expensive. Please tell me whether you want them built.
2. Anything the Township builds should be designed and constructed using by competitive public bidding. The Council grants contracts, sometimes without competition, to Mott / Macdonald too consistently to make me comfortable.
3. A study of the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority, commissioned by former mayor, Michael Beck, showed that the township could save one million dollars a year by reabsorbing LTMUA into Township government. That’s $45 for each citizen. I favor that reabsorption.
4. I am concerned, as everyone is, about the rate of opioid use in the Township. Recent research indicates that many users started with a legal prescription. The Police Department should use the NJ Prescription Monitoring Program to determine prescription pattern analyses of local doctors, followed by investigation of doctors who prescribe dangerous agents more than others do.
5. The Township should strictly enforce environmental rules that preserve wilderness spaces and preserve the coast line. We should, for example, protect sand dunes and sand beaches that belong to the ocean.
In summary, the citizens of the Township would be well served if the Council were to include representatives of any group that is not part of the long-established clique. It may be time to “Stir things up.”