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Franklin Township Council - Somerset County - At Large {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Franklin Township Council is responsible for adopting ordinances; reviewing revising and adopting the budget; levying taxes; authorizing bond issues and establishing general municipal policies. The Franklin Township Council has Nine Members: 1-Mayor; 3-At-Large Council Members; 5-Ward Council Members (one for each ward). The 2019 election is for the 3 At-Large Council Members. representing all of Franklin Township.

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  • Sivaraman Anbarasan
    (Dem)

  • Alhaji (Noah) Fofanah
    (Rep)

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    Kimberly Francois
    (Dem)

  • Christina Ganzer-Zambri
    (Rep)

  • Crystal Pruitt
    (Dem)

  • Santhosh (Sam) K. Velu
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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.

Do you think municipal government has a role in keeping students safe in our schools? If yes, what do you think municipal governments should provide?

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Campaign Email kafrancois85@gmail.com
Website ftdems.org
Economic development and smart growth to increase ratables and keep taxes stable is most important. I have been the Vice Chair of the the Franklin Township Redevelopment Agency and a member of the Hamilton Street Business District Advisory Board for many years. Responsible economic development is amongst one of my most important goals.
We have changed the Zoning in the Hamilton St Business District (SID) to attract new businesses and to allow the development of affordable and senior housing .
My focus in the past fifteen years on the Franklin Township Council has always been for our Youth. In that capacity I have been the Founder and Leader of the Franklin Youth Initiative (FYI) to prevent gang violence and FYI created and provides a Teen Drop In Center , and the Teen Recreation program at the Middle School, to name a few programs that I have partnered with the School system. I am currently spearheading the building of our new Youth Center at 429 Lewis St in Somerset. I believe government is responsible for providing a safe engaging place to go after school and weekends which is paramount to keeping our children safe.
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