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Mendham Township operates under the township form of New Jersey municipal 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 held on the first Monday after January 1, the newly reconstituted township committee selects one of its members to serve as mayor, and another to serve as deputy mayor.

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    Thomas Baio
    (Rep)

  • Trishna Goswami
    (Dem)

  • Jordan Orlins
    (Rep)

  • Melissa Saharko
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing your town and how would plan to address it/them?

What in you personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

The biggest challenge I see facing Mendham Township is declining property values. I would pursue and advocate for policies which encourage residents to remain here while attracting new ones to consider residency here. I see attacking this challenge by a multi-faceted approach.

1. Keeping taxes low by pursuing all economic efficiencies including consolidation. We can do more than just talk about making Mendham Township efficient we can take an entirely novel approach to engaging consolidation with our nearby neighbor. In the meantime I will advocate for efficient governance & lower taxes on all decisions.

2. Foster & encourage private investment in the township. Residents I have spoken with leave our town because downsized housing opportunities don't exist, others believe the housing options present in our town are out of touch with younger buyers. We need to focus on introducing diversity in housing options when approving development. I will bring a marketplace mentality.

3. Communicate the existence of township amenities to all citizens. Few residents know how much property the township owns. I think when residents learn of the vast number of amenities few would say that they can find a better place to live.

4. Celebrate our historic heritage and advance its awareness without over-regulating. I will advocate for historic preservation which does not cause our historic inventory to decline in market value.
Given the expectations of the challenges over the next few years I believe my skill set makes me uniquely qualified to serve & benefit the community in the position of Township Committee. Several years ago our town built a firehouse which ran severely over budget. Limited knowledge and skill sets on the then committee, placed the township in a week position. There was inadequate plan review, inadequate contractor review, and inadequate construction execution & oversight. We could have done better. These are skills I employ every day and skills that I would bring to the role if elected. These are vital skills which inform the nuts and bolts of administration. Whether evaluating plans, properties or proposals I am the only candidate with expertise in these roles.

I am a licensed Architect in NJ and for 28 years I have run my own practice. I have had strong ideas for projects with compelling theses' to address problems. That said I understand that listening to my client & augmenting my vision to meet client preferences and wishes is critical. Only when I have mitigated these two points of view (strong architectural pedagogy & pragmatic client satisfaction) did a project of mine get built. The citizens of this town will soon be my next clients and while I expect to impart my visionary sensibilities I would also address the needs & comments of the residents as I have done for the last 28 years in private practice.

My professional background is what Mendham Twp. needs right now.
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