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BOROUGH COUNCIL – Full Term – Vote for Two Oceanport 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 Oceanport 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.

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  • Joseph A. Irace
    (Rep)

  • Stephen Solan
    (Rep)

  • Thomas J. Tvrdik
    (I)

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    Meghan Walker
    (I)

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There is great discord between our mayor and council and between our council and other groups (BOE, Parks & Rec, first responders, state/county reps, FMERA, etc.). I would work to create a more harmonious atmosphere, showing greater respect to our borough's hardworking volunteers and residents and those we need to work with to get things done. Our current council is all male and all Republican who vote in lockstep with little debate or regard for dissenting opinion. I'd create a more representative governing body where women have a seat at the table and more than one viewpoint is welcomed. Our current governing body is pennywise and pound foolish when it comes to maintenance and future planning for our borough. I'd bring a more proactive and forward-thinking approach.
I am a dedicated public servant. I've served the past four years on the Oceanport Board of Education and worked for many years as a volunteer travel soccer coach and in board leadership roles with Peninsula Soccer Club. I own my own business, so I know what it takes to build an enterprise from the ground up and the challenges entrepreneurs like me face on the path to success. I'm a mother of two teenagers; having raised my kids in Oceanport for the past 7 years, I'm attuned to what works well in our borough and what doesn't for families like mine. I'm fair but tough, and an independent thinker who is not beholden to anyone or any entity.
Our community runs on the hard work and dedication of volunteerism. From our first responders to our recreation programs, the Oceanport we all know and love wouldn't be what it is without all of these folks giving selflessly of their time, talent, and energy. They deserve more respect and responsiveness than they are currently getting. Our beautiful parks are not properly maintained, our roads are neglected, and our recycling center closed down. I would address all of these items which are of big concern to residents. We are a small town filled with compassionate community-minded people. I'd work to create a governing body that did not sow fear and division, but brought people together united behind our shared values and common bonds.