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Branchburg Township Committee - 1 year

The Branchburg Township Committee is comprised of five members, elected by the public for three-year terms of office on a staggered schedule, with one or two seats coming up for election each year. All members have equal power and may vote on all issues. Township Committee hold all legislative and executive powers of the Township. At the annual Reorganization meeting held in January, the Mayor is elected by the committee from among its members. In 2017, Branchburg Township Committee has an election for a one year unexpired term. The elected candidate will serve for one year.
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    Daniel Payne (Dem) Energy Procurement Analyst

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What do you consider the most important challenges facing your municipality? What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for addressing these challenges? Lastly, how do you intend to address these challenges?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and please explain why you believe this is so.

A municipality has two budgets - the annual operating budget and a capital budget. What are your priorities for each of these budgets? Please specifically address whether the previous year's goals are goals you think are properly identified as priorities.

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Qualifications/Experience I have a varied background in Business, Human Services, and Banking. These experiences have prepared me to work with within the confines of governmental budgets, all while helping to bring value to the community through compassionate projects. My extensive volunteer work through Avid Foundation to help local schools in need, National MS Society to raise awareness and money for Multiple Sclerosis research, Clean Ocean Action and The Raritan River Watershed projects to help keep our beaches and waterways clean, and The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to raise awareness and money for those suffering through those diseases all show my dedication and involvement in my community.
Campaign Address 218 Arbor Way Branchburg, NJ 08876
Website https://www.facebook.com/DanPayneNJ/
The most important challenges facing Branchburg Township center around the proposed Affordable Housing projects, their funding, locations, and the anticipated population growth the Township will face as a result. Earlier in my career, I worked in Human Services, working to meet State mandated guidelines for individuals in need. I have also managed the payment and analysis of over 10,000 utility accounts for The State of NJ. I am familiar with navigating the bureaucratic process, while also maintaining compassion for individuals in need. I have lived in Affordable Housing, so not only do I know the process that applicants and residents must follow, but I owe much of my current success to this experience. I know the impact of treating residents of Affordable Housing as the good neighbors that they are, instead of treating them as people who are trying to "take from the system." I intend to address these challenges by working to find a fiscally responsible housing solution, as well as an inclusive solution where new residents are welcomed and integrated into the community. Given that many new residents will be young families and senior citizens, our community would benefit from more places where community members can come together, get to know each other, and form the neighborly bonds that Branchburg thrives on. I will work to ensure our children have a community center to go to after school, a center where our seniors can interact with their community, where local community groups can meet, and where prospective business owners can learn about our town and its people. I also intend to lead community projects in the model of our successful community garden. Branchburg has open spaces that can be used for recreational nature trails (which keep with our rural character) through volunteer efforts with local schools, and community groups. I also intend to respect and highlight our history, namely through "The Little Red Schoolhouse", and the educational opportunities that it presents.
I have always been satisfied with the way Branchburg Township handles local ordinances. At this time I do not feel the need to introduce any new ordinances that would increase the reach of our local government.
I feel that the budgets for prior years have accurately reflected the needs of Branchburg Township, and have been handled in a responsible way to stay within budget, and even operate with a surplus. I intend to operate in the same fiscally responsible manner, however using part of the surplus to invest in our infrastructure. I have heard from many of our residents that they are unhappy with the condition of our local roads, causing many residents to pay extra in vehicle maintenance on an annual basis.

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