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Raritan Township Committee

Raritan Township has the Township form of government which is one of the oldest forms of government in New Jersey. The governing body is a Township Committee of five members who are elected for three-year staggered terms in partisan elections from the Township at large. There is an election of at least one member every year. The mayor is elected by the Township Committee for a one year term. The mayor serves as chair of the Township Committee and has powers vested in the mayor's office by general law. The Township Committee is the backbone of the government. It serves as the legislative body of the municipality and has all the executive responsibilities of the municipality not placed in the mayor's office by general law. The Township Committee, by ordinance, can also delegate executive responsibilities to an Administrator.

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  • Scott MacDade

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    Sharon Winnick

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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?

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 153 Voorhees Corner Rd
One of the greatest challenges Raritan Twp faces is our infrastructure. Our community has experienced, and continues to experience, tremendous growth. Shopping complexes and housing developments continue to be built but our infrastructure has not kept in step with the added traffic. We cannot continue to build without widening the roads or addressing traffic congestion .The traffic by the hospital is atrocious. We also need to fix roads instead of patching pot holes. In my years of involvement with various community organizations I’ve learned to listen, compromise and be persistent to get results. I believe we should address this challenge by acknowledging that infrastructure actually is a problem and work with experts to find a resolution
I have spent the past 19 years working in the public school system. The last 10 have been in high school. Both students and teachers want to feel that school is a safe place to learn. Municipal governments should take a proactive and not reactive approach to school safety. We need to work with the schools to add a layer of protection by engaging in best safety practices and emergency preparedness planning. We must continue to evaluate and refine security measures. We must remember that suicide kills more students than mass shooting and should address behavioral issues and include diversity training as part of students' curriculum. Additionally, we should offer training to students and parents on how to use and store guns safely.
We need to enact a resolution against intolerance and racism. Recently, Raritan Township Committeeman Louis Reiner posted anti-Islam comments on social media. Raritan Township is a community of diversity and we need to make it clear that we will not tolerate any form of hate, racism or bigotry.