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COUNCIL: The Cherry Hill Township Council is the governing body of the municipality and is composed of elected officials. They establish laws, ordinances, and policies for the municipality. An elected Council member serves a staggered four-year term. MAYOR: The Mayor serves as the head of the Cherry Hill Township Council, the governing body of the municipality. The Mayor and Council establish laws, ordinances, and policies for the municipality. The Mayor serves a four-year term.

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  • Jennifer Apell
    (Dem)

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    Brian Bauerle
    (Dem)

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    Richard G. Bowen, Jr.
    (I)

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    Stephen Cohen
    (Rep)

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    Michele Golkow
    (Dem)

  • Steven J. Lever
    (Rep)

  • Mary Ellen Litton
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the top priority(ies) in the next municipal budget and how will you minimize impact on taxpayers? Please discuss no more than three priorities.

What do you consider the most important issue facing the municipality today and how would you address the issue if elected to office?

What is your view on consolidation of municipalities and/or sharing services with neighboring municipalities?

What would you to to promote economic development and attract businesses to the municipality?

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Campaign Email chdemscommittee@gmail.com
Campaign Address PO Box 2923 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Website www.cherryhilldems.com
Campaign phone (609) 217-7352
Twitter @Democrats_chnj
Party Tagline -
Keeping taxes down, controlling spending, and government transparency are some of the top priorities I'd like to focus on in the next municipal budget. New Jersey is an expensive place to live. Although Cherry Hill affords us many great opportunities such as wonderful schools and beautiful neighborhoods, we must control spending and watch our bottom line so that we can hold the line on taxes. I also think we need to focus on being transparent and accountable to our residents. This means focusing on improving Cherry Hill’s interactive website and having regular communication and information pushed out to our residents so that they can remain informed.
Keeping Cherry Hill an inclusive community is of utmost importance to me. For the past several years, our country has been ripped apart by hateful language and divisive rhetoric. As a leader, I will make sure that does not happen here. I will be an active member of the Human Relations Committee and will stay engaged with our religious and cultural leaders, to be sure that as a community, we are being as inclusive and welcoming as possible.
I think any smart mechanism that allows for advantageous pricing on goods and services, which would decrease costs and benefit residents, is a good idea. I do not think that consolidation is appropriate for Cherry Hill. We are too large and I would not want to see services to our residents diluted in any way.
To promote economic development, I would promote businesses that our residents want in Cherry Hill. It's important to have a variety of services available to our residents. I want to see our residents remain in Cherry Hill for medical services, shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Campaign Address P.O. BOX 3333 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Website https://donorbox.org/bowenforcherryhilltowncouncil
Party Tagline Libertarian Party
Reduce spending. Don't be fooled by current council claims that taxes have not been raised in the last eight years. Revenue increases every year due to overdevelopment, especially on the west side. Correspondingly, spending also increases every year. Reduce that spending and lower residents' property tax bills.

Cherry Hill needs a Town Council member who will keep our elected officials transparent and accountable. I will bring to light all the secrecy, cronyism, rubber stamping, and wasteful government spending that currently pervades Cherry Hill (and New Jersey) politics.
I’ve heard from many residents in the last few years that it has become too expensive to live in Cherry Hill. Others worry that they will never be able to retire here. I agree.

I realized that someone needs to represent their voices on Town Council.

Cherry Hill needs a Town Council member who will bring to light all the secrecy, cronyism, rubber stamping and wasteful spending that pervades the current Town Council.

I advocate a message of limited, more efficient, more transparent and more accountable local government. Local Democrats and Republicans are more beholden to their county and state political apparatus than to the residents of Cherry Hill. I will be beholden to no one except the residents of Cherry Hill.
I am opposed to consolidation of municipalities.
Cherry Hill is already overdeveloped, especially on the west side of town. Cherry Hill needs to freeze commercial development, reduce spending, and concentrate its efforts on fixing local roads and sidewalks. The most common complaint I get while canvassing Cherry Hill (besides affordability) is local road and sidewalk conditions. I will advocate for a limited back to basic services municipal budget.
Campaign Email votenancyo@gmail.com
Campaign Address PO Box 3541 Cherry Hill, 08034
Website www.votenancyo.com
Party Tagline -Better Ideas for a Better Cherry Hill
There are two budget areas that need consideration. The first is on the expenditure side. Having open fair bids for Township contracts will save money. Secondly an outside audit of Township finances may find many areas of waste. On the income side I would reduce “payments in lieu of taxes” or PILOT. The Township gives developers tax breaks that reduces total income to the Township and especially School funds. This shifts the burden onto the local home owner and rate payers. Redevelopment tax breaks would not be used to reduce funds going to our schools as now happens. The lack of transparency in local government is our most important issue. This is a multifaceted problem that includes the running of the local agencies, to tax breaks
The lack of transparency in local government is our most important issue. This is a multifaceted problem that includes the running of the local agencies, to tax breaks for some developers, to the bidding on municipal contracts. Having the Town Council meetings live and then on video on our website would help open our government to the healing rays of sunshine
In general, I believe in home rule. I do not want to reduce the Townships control over services and also reduce its responsibility. If there is a compelling reason to join with neighboring municipalities for services, I would put that on the ballet for a vote and let the citizens decide. Once a service is shared, to undo it would be near impossible. Better to control our own services. Unless there is an opportunity to join a purchasing cooperative where bulk purchases of goods could save money and there is no long-term obligation, we should be very careful before giving up control of our resources.
A thriving community with stable neighborhoods, good traffic control, adequate roads and good schools will be attractive to both businesses and new arrivals. Most of the schemes used by governments to attract businesses, such as tax breaks, usually in the end do not pay off with aggregate increased economic activity. The best way to attract business and economic development is to lower taxes, have open government, reduce red tape and stop punishing business who want to open and grow in our Township.
Campaign Email chdemscommittee@gmail.com
Campaign Address PO Box 2923 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Website www.cherryhilldems.com
Campaign phone (609) 217-7352
Twitter @Democrats_chnj
Remaining fiscally responsible in the budgeting process, and how we spend residents' tax dollars, will be the most important part of the next budget. With that in mind, there are a few areas that stand out as priorities. First, we need to continue investing in our roads. Our residents deserve and expect to have their streets look and feel nice, as they drive around their neighborhoods. Public safety is another area that is and needs to remain a priority. I want our residents to feel safe and secure in their homes, their schools, and their places of worship. Finally, the dissemination of information to our residents, and channels to allow this to happen, are imperative. I want our residents to feel informed and part of the local government
As leaders of Cherry Hill, we need to be working hard to keep Cherry Hill affordable for our residents and do all that we can to keep municipal taxes in Cherry Hill from rising. I am proud to have supported and voted to adopt the most recent township budget, which, for the eighth straight year, resulted in a zero percent tax increase to the residents of Cherry Hill. I will continue to look closely at all of our spending, so that Cherry Hill remains a place that attracts young families, allows established residents to live comfortably, and is a place where seniors can afford to live and age in place.
As an employee benefits attorney, I am always looking for ways to maximize cost-savings for my clients, while seeking best results. As a Council Member, I do the same for the residents of Cherry Hill. In that capacity, I am an advocate for shared services, as this approach takes advantage of economies of scale and is a good potential cost-saving tool. In my view, however, consolidation with another municipality at this time would not be in the best interests of a large, thriving municipality like Cherry Hill.
Striking the right balance of commercial activity in Cherry Hill is critically important. We are a large town that has successfully attracted a great deal of commercial business, but we are also a community with beautiful neighborhoods, open spaces and award-winning schools. I would like to see a balanced approach-- encouraging businesses that support our tax base while preserving our residential communities. I am a proponent of seeking a diverse mix of businesses, whether it's retail, dining, personal service, or professional offices, that serve the needs of our residents. What makes Cherry Hill such a desirable place to locate a business is this variety, which also directly benefits our residents.
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