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Election season under way

Oct 31, 2014 06:16AM ● Published by Community News Service

Election Day is Nov. 4, and this year, results will affect Bordentown residents at the municipal, county and state levels.

In the Township, four candidates are running for two seats on the committee. The candidates are: Howard Barman (R), Jim Cann (D), Robert Delaney (R) and Jill Popko (D). In Fieldsboro, Democratic candidates Jonathan B. Norcross and Danielle J. Weber are unopposed for two seats on the Borough Council.

Three seats are also up for grabs on the Board of Education. Mark Roselli is running unopposed for the Bordentown Township seat. William J. Mercantini, Sr. and Joann M. Dansbury will compete for the Bordentown City seat. Edward G. Tyler is also unopposed for the Fieldsboro seat.

In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Cory Booker will face off against Republican challenger Jeff Bell. In the House of Representatives, Tom MacArthur (R), Aimee Belgard (D) and Frederick John Lavergne (D-R) will compete for one seat.

At the county level, four candidates are running for two Burlington County Freeholder seats: Bruce Garganio (R), Mary Ann O’Brien (R), Tom Pullion (D) and Michael Schmidt (D).

 Howard Barman

Party affiliation: Republican
Age: 62
Years lived in township: I have lived in both Bordentown City and Township since 1989
Occupation: Attorney N.J. Office of Public Defender
Education: Law Degree Rutgers Camden; B.A in Accounting S.U.N.Y. Binghamton
Previous elected office: No elected office
Community involvement: Treasurer Bordentown Historic Society; President Temple B’Nai Abraham; Local basketball, baseball and soccer coach.

Why are you running for township committee?
I am asking for your vote because the Township needs to move in a different direction.

What do you think is the biggest issue in the township now, and if elected, how do you plan to address it?
A very ambitious project was proposed across from Bradford Apartments and Crystal Lake. It is called Rivergate at Bordentown. Proposed as luxury apartments, shops and restaurants. But rather than hold to that path, current Committee members are about to approve a Quick Check with gas pumps at the front of this project. Appears to be caving in to the developer for a quick tax rateable.
Who will rent a “luxury apartment” in that location?
It appears that a WaWa with more gas pumps is being floated for the Saturn Dealership property. Two more gas stations! Yet my opponent touts herself as an environmentalist.
Just two examples of needed change.

Why should residents vote for you?
We have a wonderful township, because of its people and location. This administration has done little to improve the Township.
If the only goal of our government is to bring in poor rateables and fail in truly providing services, Bordentown will become known for convenience stores and gas stations, rather than its restaurants and in the future stores on Rt. 130 and 206.
Thank you for your consideration and please vote for Barman and Delaney for a smarter direction.


  Jim Cann

Party affiliation: Democratic Party
Years lived in township: 30
Occupation: Partner in a Real Estate Appraisal firm
Education: Middle Tennessee State University
Previous elected office: Current Deputy Mayor, Previously Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Committee Person; elected to Township Committee Twice
Previous unsuccessful bids for office: Township Committee
Community involvement: Over 20 years coaching youth soccer in Bordentown, Member of Zoning Board, Chairman of Zoning Board, Secretary of Zoning Board, Several Sub-Committees such as COAH, Redevelopment & Administrator Search. I have been coaching youth sports since 1973 including sports such as wrestling, football and soccer.

Why are you running for township committee?
In the past two years, we have put the Township on the right track and we are headed in the right direction. We lowered the municipal tax this year and we are on track to lower it again next year. We increased the budget surplus, which has resulted in a higher bond rating for the Township. We were successful in bringing new tax ratables to the Township. We are constantly searching for new ideas to improve our community and enhance the lives of our residents and have expanded public services and family events. Jill Popko and I are running for re-election to continue this work for Bordentown Township.

What do you think is the biggest issue in the township now, and if re-elected, how do you plan to address it?
The concern we hear most often from residents is about school taxes. While we do not control the school budget, the economic plan we have in place should expand the tax base and ease the burden for taxpayers by resulting in lower school taxes. We developed a comprehensive economic plan and the keystone of that plan is to change the Township’s reputation from business unfriendly to business friendly. The Economic Development Advisory Committee was the start of that process, and they have done an admirable job. Thanks to our efforts, Grainger is building the largest distribution center in New Jersey in Bordentown Township. A prestigious corporation such as Grainger will help to attract more quality businesses to our township.

Why should residents vote for you?
In two short years we have achieved many positive changes. The Public Works expansion not only provided needed space and improvements for public works equipment, it is a Class B recycling center that will help the Township reduce costs and produce income. The Township now has a bond rating of AA with a stable outlook, a substantial improvement from the AA-with a negative outlook left to us by the previous administration. There are new businesses replacing old run down facilities, like the new AT&T Cellular store. Soon Papp’s bowling alley will be Cheyenne Mountain Outfitters, with a modern new look and Bradlees has been sold. We are the team that has always put the best interest of you and your family first.


 Robert Delaney

Party affiliation: Republican
Age: 38
Years lived in township: Approximately 14 years
Occupation:   Continuous  Improvement Coordinator / Senior Consultant
Education: Bachelor of Science - Computer Science - The College of New Jersey
Previous elected office: Former Deputy Mayor / Township Committeeman - Bordentown Township
Community involvement: Bordentown Township Planning Board, Bordentown Community Soccer Association Coach, Clara Barton PTO President, Burlington County Workforce Investment Board

Why are you running for township committee?
After seeing a greater than 5 percent increase in our municipal tax rate last year, I decided that it was time to step up and make a difference. While our opponents tout that they reduced taxes this year, the reduction in your municipal tax rate was less than 1 percent. They fail to mention that this was accomplished by extending our long term debt which will continue to have a significant negative impact on our tax base for many years. As a result, the average taxpayer has still seen an increase of over 4.5 percent over the past 2 years.

What do you think is the biggest issue in the township now, and if elected, how do you plan to address it?
Our biggest issue is a short sighted vision by our mayor and opponents in terms of smart growth, fiscal management, and ensuring that the quality of life for our residents remain our primary focus. As a previous committeeman, I assisted in the creation of the EMS Agreement with Bordentown City. I will work with our School District and neighboring towns to initiate and enhance Shared Services opportunities. Next, I’ll ensure our Community Development office is actively recruiting corporate partners that will provide value to our residents. Finally, I’ll focus on the needs of our residents by minimizing the negative impact of commercial growth on our residents and their quality of life.

Why should residents vote for you?
Bordentown Township should consider voting for me because of my passion and enthusiasm for my community. As a father of 3 young children, I understand and appreciate the impact of controlling our costs, decreasing the burden on our taxpayers, and providing quality services for our residents. On November 4th, please vote for Robert Delaney and Howard Barman for Bordentown Township Committee.


 Jill Popko

Party affiliation: Democrat
Age: 55
Years lived in township: 12
Occupation:
Committeewoman; Chef
Education: Lasell College, Newton, Mass.; Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY
Previous elected office: Committeewoman 2011-2014
Previous unsuccessful bids for office: None
Community involvement: Member of NJ League of Municipalities Land Use and Environmental Legislative Committee; The League of Women Voters “Running and Winning” program; Bordentown Township Green Team; liaison to Public Works, Senior Citizens, Environmental Commission, Board of Education and Emergency Management.

Why are you running for township committee?
I am passionate about making Bordentown Township the best it can possibly be. Working for the residents, listening and being pro-active on their behalf, has been incredibly rewarding.

What do you think is the biggest issue in the township now, and if re-elected, how do you plan to address it?
The Rt. 130 and Rt. 206 redevelopment corridor has languished for too many years. We have already started the process of filling empty businesses such as: the old Bradlees will now be a World Class ShopRite; Edgewood Motor Lodge will be a Holiday Inn Express; Papp’s Bowling Alley is slated to be a Cheyenne Mountain Outfitters; the AT&T store; Capital Bedding and more businesses are coming forward every day.

Why should residents vote for you?
As an elected official for the past 3 years, I have worked diligently to increase services, foster open communication, and lower taxes. Our Township was in dire fiscal shape when I took office and now we have a surplus, as well as increased our bond rating from AA- with a negative outlook to AA with a stable outlook. Our team expanded Public Works to become a Class B Recycling center, brought in Grainger with up to 700 jobs and $2 million in tax revenue, brought back the July 4th fireworks, harvested over 1000 lbs. of fresh organic produce in the Community Garden for those in need, Music in the Park and built a Dog Park with little to no cost to the taxpayer. We have addressed infrastructure problems with our roads and parks: lighting for recreation at Northern Community Park, the Bossert Park renovation and road repaving that hasn’t been addressed in 20 years. Let’s not turn the clock back to the previous do-nothing administrations.

Four candidates are running for two seats on the Bordentown Township Committee.
The candidates are: Howard Barman (R), Jim Cann (D), Robert Delaney (R) and Jill Popko (D). Cann and Popko are both incumbents.
Each candidate was given the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire provided by the Bordentown Current.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.


Board of Education Elections

There are three seats up for grabs on the Board of Education. Mark Roselli is running unopposed for the Bordentown Township seat. William J. Mercantini, Sr. and Joann M. Dansbury will compete for the Bordentown City seat. Edward G. Tyler is also unopposed for the Fieldsboro seat.
The two candidates running for the Bordentown City seat—Joann M. Dansbury and William J. Mercantini, Sr.—were both given the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire and submit a statement about why they would like to be members of the school board and why residents should vote for them.

Joann Dansbury

Age: 63
Years lived in city: 50
Occupation: Accounts Receivable Administrator
Education: Some college
Previous elected office: 18 years on Board of Ed prior to 2 years ago.
Previous unsuccessful bids for office: BOE 2 years ago when City lost a seat to the Twp.
Community involvement: President and Race Director for Bordentown Regional School District Ed Foundation

Why are you running for a seat on the school board, and why do you think residents should vote for you?
I feel that if you live in a community such as ours, charming Camelot, you should give back. It is what makes Bordentown special.
I was on the board of education for 18 years as my children went through the system. I have lived in Bordentown when I grew up, and have lived in Bordentown 50 out of my 63 years. I have a lot of board history of what was tried and what didn’t work. With a new superintendent I think the board is lacking a sense of history. I also feel we have a responsibility to those community members who don’t have children in the system.
The school needs to be good so that residents can sell their house for full value. You won’t have that if the schools have a bad reputation/scores.
We have to make sure the money is spent on what is valuable to encourage our students to strive for a good life once they leave our schools. I also think it is okay to question and discuss board items that need to be brainstormed to find better ways to do things. I am not a rubber stamp kind of board member.
Neither am I argumentative or antagonistic. I just think everyone should have a right to speak including the community. And there is no reason to be rude or sarcastic to each other or to the public. We need to get back to basics while still doing the best for our students.

William J. Mercantini

Age: 53
Years lived in city: 53
Occupation: Fiscal Supervisor State of New Jersey, Juvenile Justice Commission
Education: BS. Business/Accounting, Rider: Master’s. Management and Leadership Thomas Edison State College.
Previous elected office: None
Previous unsuccessful bids for office: None
Community involvement: None
Connection to school district: None

Why are you running for a seat on the school board, and why do you think residents should vote for you?
I was born and raised in Bordentown. I am a second generation Bordentownian. I love this town and it has been very good to me and my family over the years. I raised my children here, I was educated here, and I enjoy my life here. 
At 53, I want the opportunity to give back to the town that has been so good to me and my family. While attending the School Board meetings in the recent past I think there needs to be a more cooperative approach to new ideas. Perhaps seeking the use of grants, and a more efficient and effective examination of programs, along with my fiscal background will enhance the quality of our school district without increasing the cost to taxpayers. 
I hope to bring a fresh approach and fresh face to the district. Please consider me as your candidate of choice on November 4, 2014.



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