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Spring Lake Heights Mayor

MAYOR – Full Term – Vote for OneSpring Lake Heights 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 Spring Lake Heights, 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. Most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.The Mayor's length of term is 4 years, with a salary of $4,000 per year.

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    Christopher Campion, Jr.
    (Rep)

  • Thomas P. O'Brien
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

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

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

The Spring Lake Heights community is a wonderful place to live. We are very fortunate to be a great town to not only raise a family in, but also to retire and enjoy all we have to offer. Over the past few years we have invested in our infrastructure, facilities, parks, and personnel to ensure we stay a valuable, affordable place to live. Recently we have expanded recreational programs and are working to bring more senior programs to the borough. We have also increased safety by adding crosswalks to Ocean and Wall Roads, as well as adding new speed signs. In the future we are looking to add more color speed signs and continue to address residents concerns for speeding in the borough. It is most important to me that we hear the issues that impact our community and work to address them in the interest of all borough residents.
As a lifelong resident of the area, I have a strong desire to ensure my kids enjoy the same amazing Spring Lake Heights that their great grandparents knew. My experience as the founder of a small business, directly managing finances and employees, helps me have better understanding of critical issues when making decisions for the borough. Being involved in emergency services and managing large scale incidents as both a fire chief and emergency management coordinator give me unique insight into the operations of our responders. As one of the key planners and managers during Hurricane Sandy, I have demonstrated the ability to coordinate and react to challenging situations and protect our community. With two small kids in our local school, I understand the concerns of allowing my children to walk and bike around our neighborhood. I am committed to ensure a safe and affordable Spring Lake Heights for their future.
We are a very close knit community. One of the main issues I see regarding the quality of life in our community is the state-wide epidemic of over taxation, causing our residents to flee. I would like families to be able to remain in our town for many generations, as their family did before them. It saddens me to see Seniors forced to sell homes and move, or children who graduate college being priced out of their home town because of high taxes. It is essential for me that we maintain proper management, budget, and planning to eliminate wasteful spending and reactionary measures caused by lack of vision. We should be able to anticipate future expenses on infrastructure and equipment and plan to implement the necessary actions to stop shock increases and stabilize the budget. I believe the value of services offered from the town is important and strive to ensure our residents receive the highest level of service from all of our departments.
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