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Township Committee - Three year term, vote for twoHolmdel Township 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. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Township Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor. The Township Committee exercises control over the conduct of municipal business by means of legislation through ordinances or resolutions, approval and adoption of the annual budget and the formulation of policy to be carried out by the staff.

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  • Eric Hinds
    (Rep)

  • Chiung-yin Cheng Liu
    (Rep)

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    Prakash Santhana
    (Ind)

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    Cathy Weber
    (Ind)

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There are three key issues facing the town: 1. Taxes: we need to offset the tax burden by using the PILOT revenue, cutting down unnecessary expenditure and exploring new revenue options. 2. Need to address Fire Saftey issues and flooding at Palmer Square 3. Restore integrity, transparency and openness in the way we operate. Need to restore resident advisory boards.
I have spent the last 26 years fighting fraud, waste and abuse for government entities and financial institutions. I have also advised government entities on exploring new revenue opportunities and not be too dependent on taxes and tolls.

I have been active in resident groups pushing the town to address issues related to recreation, wasteful spending, and fire safety.
Engaging the town and the people are very important. Voluntary advisory boards could help provide oversight and encourage participation of residents in the governance. Quality of life can be improved if in addition to addressing fire safety and flooding, we prevent overdevelopment of our communities.
Currently, Holmdel has a crisis in leadership. We need to restore integrity and transparency, reduce taxes, and represent the needs of all residents not just a few. If elected, I would work with my fellow committee members and residents of Holmdel in a bi-partisan manner to conduct business in open public meetings and increase engagement with residents by restoring resident advisory boards such as the financial advisory board, the pool committee and the shade tree commission. I will not take donations from developers and township professionals so my decisions can be made in the best interest of all residents. I will recommend using the Bell Works PILOT money to lower the tax rate and carefully scrutinize all expenditures. I would recommend that we record or broadcast all township meetings to increase awareness of township issues.
I have lived in Holmdel for over 25 years and served as a member of the Holmdel Board of Education from 1998-2002 when our schools were in the top 10 in New Jersey with below average costs. In addition, following my board service I was a field representative for NJ School Boards Association where I taught board of education members their roles and responsibilities and conducted ethics training. I have been a life long volunteer and leader in the community most recently co-founder of Preserve Holmdel and previously as a vice-president for various school parent groups, and a leader for Girl Scouts, Holmdel Swim Team, and volunteer at Church of St. Catharine. I hold an MBA from Drucker School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. I love Holmdel and will use my practical approach to problem solving to address our issues. I am known for working hard, paying attention to detail and following through on concerns to resolution.
Holmdel offers a high quality of life/education because of our historic commitment to open space and the bucolic beauty of our town and our strong priority on education. I am committed to working to preserve the natural beauty of Holmdel as evidenced by my leadership in co-founding Preserve Holmdel. We have hundreds of acres of undeveloped land left and I would work with community organizations to promote open space and farmland preservation. I am also interested in increasing passive recreation such as hiking and bike paths/lanes and improving safety for both pedestrians and bicyclists. Given my prior experience as a board member and employee of NJ School Boards Association, I would work with our board of education to share costs and keep overall taxes affordable for residents.