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TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE – Full Term – Vote for Two Wall is governed under the Township form of government. The five-member Township Committee is elected directly by the voters at-large in partisan elections to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year as part of the November general election in a three-year cycle. Each year, at the annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to preside as mayor for the year, and another to serve as deputy mayor. It is the only form of government in which the mayor is not elected directly by the voters of the municipality.

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  • Thomas Kingman
    (Rep)

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    William "Bill" Mountford
    (I)

  • Kevin P. Orender
    (Rep)

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?

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Affordable Housing - While affordable housing is a good thing in principle, the implementation will be very disruptive to our township. The committee has accepted the 900+ units of affordable housing. But there is an additional 1,600 proposed market rate units (the total increasing our housing by over 25%); that number must be negotiated lower. We have to contain the density, we have to limit the impact, and we have to put RESIDENTS ABOVE DEVELOPERS. Taxes - The economy may be doing great now, but we need to prepare for the next downward cycle. Excessive spending must stop. We need to streamline our work and processes, using modern technology to cut costs. And we must be proactive in stopping lawsuits that hurt our community and wallet. Transparency - Getting easy access to information is the right of every Wall taxpayer. An open record request that yields hundreds of pages of redacted information is not acceptable. Wall residents have a RIGHT to know what our committee is doing while having their voices heard. We also need to leverage social media as a better way to communicate our needs to the committee.
I have been in the private sector my whole life. I started my career at Bloomberg Financial, worked at various Wall St. startups, and now work for myself trading financial instruments. My entire career has been finding and fixing inefficiencies, using technology to reduce cost. Whether it is a document management systems or solar power, we must modernize. My personality is that of a mediator. I like to bring parties together and work out solutions. I always believed both sides of the aisle have so much to offer if they would put differences aside and work on common goals. I hope to bring that philosophy to the Wall Township Committee.
Education and quality of life are why so many choose Wall Township to call home. I support teachers, infrastructure, technology, anything that gives our kids an advantage. I would like to see the BOE add more technology to the classrooms. And I am a firm believer that we should have small classroom sizes, even if that means adding teachers and classrooms to the mix. For those that want to see a financial return on that investment, our property values will increase as our schools get better and better. As for quality of life, I spoke with many Wall residents, and there are 2 major areas where Wall can do better: Sidewalks and Seniors. We need more sidewalks connecting to our bike trails, and we need to look to surrounding communities to mimic what they have done with Seniors and a Senior Center. My goal is to make Wall a leader in both these areas.
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