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Neptune City Borough Mayor

MAYOR – Full Term – Vote for OneNeptune City 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 Neptune City 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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    Pamela Renee
    (Dem)

  • Andrew Wardell
    (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?

1) Property taxes and high rent is a big concern for most residents. I don't want to cut services, so being creative with Economic Development is needed. Moving forward with a Rehabilitation Plan is imperative to the future of Neptune City to keep taxes stable. 2) A great number of our residents say there has been an unwelcoming governmental environment, filled with a culture of nepotism and favoritism, in Neptune City for many years. Residents have been living in fear of speaking up about issues, because they've been bullied, shunned and/or demeaned. I commit to creating a welcoming environment, encouraging residents to share their concerns, and addressing those concerns as expediently as possible. I also hope to add additional public events for everyone, particularly celebrating groups of people who've been marginalized throughout history. 3) We have some long-term vacant business properties that need to be filled. Economic Development is one of my top priorities, which will bring in added ratables to keep taxes stable. 4) Neptune City has a few environmental issues (toxic sites, flash-flooding, and air quality concerns), which has been ignored by the GOP governing majority for many years, and has led to poor quality of life for some residents. I plan to address these issues head on. Due to long-term neglect, it might take a while to resolve these issues, but we must start somewhere, and I commit to trying. It would be nice to smell clean air and swim off our beach again.
Personally, my faith in God drives me with the desire to serve our community, and it provides an inner strength to handle difficult situations. I live by the philosophy, "See a need; fill a need." I volunteered with several local non-profit organizations and with my church as a children's Sunday school teacher for many years. I ran for Council in 2014 because I saw the need. I served on Council as the Democratic minority the first four years and had all my initiatives blocked by the GOP majority. I took that time to listen to residents and to learn A LOT. I've since chaired and/or served on every governing body committee, learning every aspect of our local government, and continued volunteering in town on the C.E.R.T. team, Neighborhood Watch, with Shark River Cleanup Coalition, and Knights of Columbus. This past year, being part of the Democratic majority (for the first time in over 40 years), we've been working in a bi-partisan effort to bring forth positive initiatives and tax savings for our fellow residents. I also have a BA in Humanities from the University of Pittsburgh and have worked for the same small business locally for the past 17 years, helping architects, engineers and contractors nation-wide. My faith, desire to serve, knowledge, experience, and willingness to work in a bipartisan manner makes me the best person to serve as the next Mayor of Neptune City. Most importantly, I care about my fellow residents and want them to have the best quality of life.
Keeping taxes stable, addressing environmental issues, and economic development are critical to the quality of life and education in our community, and they are my top priorities. We don't have as many families with young children in Neptune City like we used to, which has led to low enrollment in our school. That low enrollment is one of the reasons our school is hurting financially. In 2018, the state declared Neptune City, in its entirety, an Opportunity Zone. We need to take advantage of grant opportunities that are associated with this status while they are available to us, which will help us to address these issues without raising taxes. We must have a Redevelopment or Rehabilitation Plan in order to apply for these grants. We recently took the first step towards a Rehabilitation Plan so we can move forward with improvements to Neptune City, which will hopefully bring in family-friendly businesses. We chose the Rehab Plan instead of the Redevelopment Plan because it will help address several issues toward quality of life improvements, without the threat of Eminent Domain. I'm also dedicated to park improvements for safe family fun. Overall, we have a nice town, which is why I purchased my home here. With these improvements, it can be even better, and our town can move from stagnation into revitalization for all.
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