Why I’m Running and What I Offer
Dear Morris Township Residents,
Over the last three years, I have knocked on thousands of doors and talked with thousands of residents. I have spoken at almost every Township Committee meeting. I work very hard to stay up-to-date and informed. I feel like I have a good “pulse” on the views of different people and groups in our community. While it’s true that many things work well here, it’s also true that we’re ripe for some new thinking, new ideas, new blood.
Need for Two-Party Representation
First up on the change list is the need for Democratic representation on our governing body. I have found widespread agreement among ALL Morris Township residents (including Republicans and Independents) that two-party representation would be better for our community than the one-party, 5-0 situation like we have now.
Given our demographics (4 Democrats for every 5 Republicans), the absence of Democratic representation excludes nearly half of our population from direct participation and undermines a basic founding value of our country: government represents the people it serves. No single party has a monopoly on good ideas. No single party can represent the views of all residents on its own. Two-party participation is better for all.
Work Together in Smart, Collaborative Ways
I have a background in conflict resolution and a lifetime of experience as an educator working with diverse people and issues to solve problems in mutually beneficial ways. I’m all about good listening and clear communication - the opposite of gridlock and divisiveness. My goal is to work together in smart, collaborative ways to solve problems, build trust, find common ground, and accomplish beneficial results.
At the same time, I am willing to battle for issues I know in my heart are good for our community. The TV initiative is a good example. For years, we tried to persuade the Committee of the benefits to the public of televising the meetings. Their chronic objection was that residents have no interest and the cost is too high. The petition signatures of 512 residents who support televised access had no effect: the Committee dismissed
them as insignificant and irrelevant. When told that televised access could be accomplished at NO COST in taxpayer dollars or staff time, they insisted that video is not needed because audio is better. Really???
A Proud Accomplishment:
Televised Morris Township Committee Meetings on Cablevision
That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands. Through private donations and with the help of a few technically gifted high school students (along with a large dose of sweat labor), I figured out how to televise the meetings on Cablevision and upload them to You Tube. The quality is a work in progress (I have ideas - more about that later) but you can now see the meetings for yourself at 9PM on Cablevision channel 21 or on our You Tube channel: Friends of Televised Access in Morris Township. Stay tuned for further developments…
I’m proud of this accomplishment. Video is now a CHOICE for residents, and there is NO COST to taxpayers. This is a good step forward for our community. It’s also a great example of what can happen when you work with old problems through the lens of a fresh perspective: new solution options emerge that were never even imagined let alone implemented.
I’m an ideas person, a people person, and a pragmatist. When I believe strongly in an issue or a cause, I take ACTION to do something about it. I offer a new perspective, an informed skill set, a dedication to preserving what’s working well in our community, and an innovative vision for targeted change: let’s put Morris Township on the map as a leader and role model in implementing constructive, results-oriented interaction and problem solving across party lines (the opposite of what’s happening in Washington) - all in the spirit of what’s in the best interest of our community.
That’s what I offer. That’s why I’m running. That’s why I ask for your vote on November 3rd.
All the best,