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The Cranbury Township Committee's five members each serve for three years. The Committee members annually choose one of their members to serve as Mayor, who presides at the meetings and votes as a member of the Committee. All formal legislative and executive powers are exercised by the Committee as a whole.The Township Committee has allocated coordination of administrative and departmental functions amongst its members, and every Township board and department has at least one member of Committee as a liaison. You may vote for up to two candidates in this race.

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    Eman I. El-Badawi
    (Dem)

  • Barbara F. Rogers
    (Dem)

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    Evelyn Spann
    (Rep)

  • Walter Wright
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What are the three major issues facing Cranbury, and how do you propose to address them over the next several years if elected?

How do you plan to keep property taxes from increasing while still attending to the quality of life of Cranbury residents?

How do you expect to address environmental issues such as water quality, air quality, etc., especially as related to our carbon footprint along Route 130, connecting roads, and other areas of Cranbury Township?

How do you intend to enhance Cranbury’s relations with its different municipal neighbors generally? What one or two issues do you see as critical to address at this time and how do you expect to do so?

How do you expect your party affiliation to affect your township committee work if you are elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

Cranbury is a fantastic town to live in but, as with many things in life, there is room for improvement in some areas. To begin with, we need better communication to aid in our community-wide connection. In the past, I suggested a re-vamped website/online presence as well as dedicated newspaper. Additionally, Cranbury can benefit from more outreach endeavors to further bring our community together and re-ignite civic engagement in more of its residents! The issue of growth in Cranbury is also of concern. We have to make sure that the town grows responsibly and at a rate the follows the master plan. It is imperative that we don't loose sight of our residents needs and infrastructure strains as the town grows.
Cranbury is a unique town that is able to offer its residents a superior quality of life while still keeping its tax rates comparatively lower than its neighbors. Economic shifts, previous leadership choices as well as wisdom that went into devising the master plan are to be applauded for this. Current leadership has offered Cranbury a historic tax rate decrease that should remain stable for a few years to come so I don't anticipate an increase in property taxes in the near future.
The concept of responsible growth in Cranbury takes into consideration the environmental impact of such growth. Collaboration with the environmental experts in implementing "greener endeavors"will be key. Dredging Brainerd Lake would significantly reduce, if not remove the current need for weed killers in the lake to limit plant overgrowth in the water. By bringing an electrical charging station to Cranbury, we could encourage the shift to electrical vehicles. We could encourage the local warehouse trucks to do the same by offering some kick backs for electrifying their fleet. Cranbury could also continue to improve it's system of foot and bike paths to encourage walking instead of driving through the town.
Cranbury township is the bridge between Middlesex and Mercer county. While it's important to nurture the community within Cranbury, it is equally important to foster the ties with neighboring municipalities.
In my opinion, an accomplished township committee is comprised of individuals coming together to govern a town without prejudice or personal gain, but rather a love for its constituents and success of the town. I see no place for party politics in that equation and, if elected, I excitedly look forward to working hand in hand with everyone.
I am the right choice for the position of committeewoman because I am available for the job, willing to do the work and eager to start! My international background, knowledge of multiple languages and world cultures will allow empower my outreach ventures. Outreach is key in building a community and it is currently lacking. Living on a farm raising sheep allows me first hand insight into the experiences our farmers in Cranbury are facing. I intend to be a voice for them in addition to everyone else. I see every resident as equal and I value their concerns.
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Website Instagram: @spannwright4cranbury
I do not see "major issues' but currently what needs the most attention is:

1. DISTRIBUTION CENTER TRAFFIC IMPACT 2. COMMUNICATION/TRANSPARENCY 3. MASTER PLAN

1. I would work collaboratively with all stakeholders to devise a long term traffic solution for DISTRIBUTION CENTER TRAFFIC with a staging/waiting area that softens the burden on existing neighbors. 2. I would encourage a multifaceted approach to COMMUNICATION which includes social media, frequent website updates, surveys, and mailings. • 3. The MASTER PLAN is critical to maintaining the balance between residential and commercial land use. Thoughtful planning avoids unanticipated enrollment swings for the school district with the benefit of the best possible tax rate.
Property taxes were reduced as part of a long term strategic financial plan. I will work within the current budget to assure the quality of life for residents is maintained while capitalizing on ways to keep our tax rate as low as possible. I relocated to Cranbury twice in the past 20 years.; each time because of the quality of life it affords me and my family. Having served as the Welcome Director for the American School of Paris I understand the need to welcome residents, get them involved in their community, and maintain those intangibles which are unique to Cranbury. It is indeed a special place and I am determined to keep it that way.
With my exposure as a school board member (lead and air quality testing, building energy audits) and my past experience as an Industrial Chemist writing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), I feel qualified to recognize and identify projects which would be within the Township's scope to drive. In the case of road work I would encourage where applicable exploring the options of "Grasscrete" (cast on site cellular reinforced concrete systems) or Permeable Paving Systems which allow rainwater to either pass through the paving material itself or run off through the joints. Our campaign addressed the inevitable NJ Plastic Bag Bill (S2776) by purchasing reusable bags with a QR code which allows residents to easily connect to the website.
Building positive relationships with surrounding municipal neighbors if done in the right climate can be a win win. Specifically I would bring to the table the awareness of township decisions on school districts. I would also consider larger topics that require teaming up to get State support.
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As a school board member for 11 years I have worked non partisan on committees with three separate boards. I have learned to appreciate all voices and make fact based decisions based on what is best for my constituents. I strive to be inquiry based and stay affront of issues. It is my nature to be welcoming and supportive while protecting the body I have a sworn oath to serve.
Serving 11 yrs. on the Cranbury School Board and the Princeton Board Rep for 9 yrs. plus Liaison to the Library has given me the governance and confidentiality training along with the needed discretion that would make me a strong and qualified committeemen. As a person, I work hard to be a motivator and welcome others. In my tenure as the Princeton Public Schools Rep we approved the Send Receive Agreement. This took an ability to work closely with 2 boards, administrators, 2 communities, and the press. As facilities chair, our committee worked on 3 LRFP's including many HVAC and Roofing projects, the new tennis courts, aeration of the sports fields and clear signage on all entrances. EXPERIENCE, COMMITMENT, & COMMUNITY is what I can offer.
Campaign Email wrigbarb@aol.com
Major Issues facing Cranbury:

1) BRAINERD LAKE DREDGING PROJECT - I propose to use my experience in material handling to ensure the process is as cost effective and as well managed as possible.

2) QUALITY OF ENVIRONMENT - I am committed to assessing each issue with care and concern and to follow the appropriate manner by which they should be addressed.

3) WAREHOUSE TRUCK SOLUTIONS - I would work with the Township Committee to discover long term solutions for the trucks that are waiting to make deliveries and for effective traffic patterns.
Cranbury has the lowest municipal taxes in Middlesex County. I plan to "stay the course." and continue to maintain a sufficient surplus, while keeping the taxes under control.
The NJ Department of Environmental Protection addresses many of these issues. I would support the laws and regulations that govern what is in the best interest of the community and its environment.
Facilitating positive relationships with municipal neighbors requires an understanding of their concerns. One of the challenges to be addressed is public safety, particularly solutions to deal with warehouse traffic.
I am an independent thinker. I believe that each person has a right to exercise their right to do what they believe is best for the community and country. Common sense is the best barometer.

My experiences have prepared me to make a meaningful contribution to the Township Committee. I served on governmental Boards and Committees, such as the Plainsboro Zoning Board and Bureau of Fire Prevention. I was owner/operator of South River Sand Company over 30 years, and National Silica Sand Association Engineering Committee member. For nearly two decades, I was chairman of the First Presbyterian Church Senior Breakfast at which informational speakers were presented, and was elected a Church Elder. I am a US Air Force Veteran, having served as an aircraft electrician instructor. As a person with Parkinson's Disease I have a personal perspective on ADA compliance. A Four Seasons resident, Barbara Wright, Cranbury native is my wife.