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Flemington Boro Council-1 year unexpired term

Flemington is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Flemington, the most common system used in the state, is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council. This election will fill a one-year unexpired term on the council.

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    Jeffrey Doshna

  • Kimberly A. Tilly

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?

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?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

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Campaign Address 197 Main ST Flemington, NJ 08822
There are three related issues facing Flemington right now. (1) Appropriate development that honors our historic past, but looks forward to the next generation; (2) Creating housing opportunities for all residents -- renters and homeowners, new families and seniors; and (3) Recognizing that the diversity in our community is its greatest asset. As director of the City Planning and Community Development programs at Temple University, I know first hand that towns across the country want what we have -- a real community and sense of place. We just need the willingness to take the bold steps forward to support the sustainable development that we need. I hope to bring my professional experience as a city planner and non-profit leader to Council.
As a parent of three boys, I worry each day when I send them off to school that they will come home safe. Yes, I worry about gun violence, but there is (unfortunately) little that we can do at the municipal level on that front. In New Jersey, we have some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and I support them; what we need now is action in Washington to match what we've done here.

I also worry about the toxic environments that many kids experience in school each day. Bullying, harassment, and intimidation -- especially for those kids who are different -- has reached an alarming level. What we can do as leaders is model better behavior for our kids. Through our words and actions, let's show them how to treat each other with respect.
Roughly two-thirds of the residents of Flemington are renters, and we need to make sure that our policies keep housing affordable for all. We should leverage our Opportunity Zone status to encourage new housing development that is affordable for all families.

We also need to make some investments in our infrastructure -- road, water, and sewer. Its not the most glamorous stuff, but if we don't plan on making improvements now, more expensive emergency repairs are inevitable. We should be thinking about "smart" systems that are also resilient to climate change.

Finally, I would like to see us improve our parks and open space throughout town.
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