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Atlantic Highlands Borough Council

BOROUGH COUNCIL - Full Term - Vote for TwoAtlantic Highlands 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 Atlantic Highlands 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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  • Brian Boms
    (Rep)

  • Stephen Boracchia
    (Rep)

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    Kerri Kennedy
    (Dem)

  • Linda Peng-Grooters
    (Dem)

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My running mate and I have been knocking on doors and have heard concern about increased taxes, the need for infrastructure improvement (roads, etc.), and solutions to address pedestrian safety, parking and speeding in town. We also hear that residents care deeply about access to the waterfront and clean sustainable open space areas. Residents are proud of our small town community and want smart development.
My family and I moved to Atlantic Highlands for its small-town charm, vibrant community, and proximity to the beach and NY. I am from Union, NJ, graduated from Rutgers and am the only daughter in a family of six children. I have been a peacebuilder and executive for 20 years. Beginning in the Peace Corps, I lived on an island called Niuatoputapu in Tonga, building a school and learning much about the marine coastal management. A few years later, I was living in NY. On September 11, I was at Rikers Island working with incarcerated youth. When the first plane hit, I rushed to find my twin brother who worked on the 85th floor of the North Tower. For hours I didn’t know if he was alive. Thankfully, he exited the building with seconds to spare before it collapsed behind him. That day, I dedicated my life to fostering peace by building thriving communities. I spent the next decades on peacebuilding, good governance and disaster relief from Ethiopia to Liberia to East Timor to New Orleans. When I was the Director for a women's organization, WCI, I worked in Afghanistan training women running for Parliament - often at the risk of death. Shockingly, at that time, Afghanistan had more women in elected office than we did in the US. Upon returning home, I started a PAC with the mission of empowering women running for office. Currently, I am the International Associate General Secretary for AFSC, overseeing work in 17 countries. I co-edited a book called Indivisible: Global Leaders o
Atlantic Highlands has so many wonderful features - a beautiful small town community with access to the beach and waterfront trails, abundant hiking, parks and playgrounds. We have a thriving downtown filled with great shops and restaurants, a top rate elementary school, library, police department and first responder unit. We have a ferry which provides quick access to New York for commuters or a day trip and a harbor which provides revenue for the town. I will work to ensure that our town remains the gem it is - working on protecting open space, public beach access, and parks. I have lived in the South Pacific and experience with marine protection, ecology resilience and climate change. I have 20 years of experience as an international executive with a focus on good governance. I will look at our current systems for efficiency and policy improvements to seek ways to stabilize taxes and improve our services. I will work with the AH police department and borough to address pedestrian concerns, speeding and safety. I will continue to advocate for and prioritize open space - especially waterfront access - smart development and a thriving downtown. I have worked for decades to support community engagement in politics and will seek new ways to get resident input into major decisions (like the Mother Theresa property) and to improve town communications and transparency. I’ve spent my life working to build strong communities and am eager to apply my experience to Atlantic Highlands
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