Newton’s Future Is Now
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 • 2:35pm
Character, pride, and history are just a few words that come to mind when I think of Newton. Our community is on the cusp of reaching heights it hasn’t seen in decades; all in the shadow of an economy that threatens to restrain it. But we push forward, there is no other way.
I would just like to take a few minutes to discuss my reasons for seeking the office of Council in the Town of Newton. The small town charm that drew me here has ignited my passion to become involved in the community. I understand the importance of Newton to the County and to the entire region. My desire grew as I sat on the Newton Planning Board and thought of the possibilities for economic revitalization of the town center.
Fiscally conservative property tax principals, real estate improvement incentives, strict adherence to business growth, and educational investments for our future are the guiding ideals I will live by, if the residents grant me the opportunity to serve this great Town. I believe that Sussex County Community College should be the community college of downtown Newton, not by name, but through greater participation in the growth of Main Street. Our schools are strong, among the best in the County. Also, our extracurricular academic clubs draw national attention and our innovative companies lead by example. Our infrastructure, water, sewer, and gas are the skeleton of our town and the businesses are the muscle. The group of great leaders and innovators are the brains that make this machine work.
I graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental, Science and Forestry where I studied environmental resource engineering. I work for a civil engineering firm and I’ve studied smart growth and planning principals while in school and throughout my career. Before becoming an engineer, I worked in several areas of construction. In college, I was a member of Engineers without Borders, learning important life principles while building infrastructure both here and abroad. I have been a member of the Byram Architectural Review Committee and a member of Newton’s Planning Board since I moved to Newton. All of these experiences, coupled with my passion for community planning and economic development lead me to ask for the support of my fellow community members.
Our leaders are elected to make tough decisions with lasting effects and I am ready for the challenges and rewards that come along with the position of Councilman. I look forward to expressing these views and solving Newton’s real problems. I look forward to meeting everyone along the way. Newton’s future is now.
Candidate for Council
Town of Newton