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Hightstown Borough Common Council's governing body consists of one elected Mayor who serves a four-year term; and six elected Council Members, each serving a three-year term. Council members' terms are staggered, with two seats up for election each year.

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  • Joseph Cicalese
    (Dem)

  • James Eufemia
    (Rep)

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    Cristina Fowler
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

1. What do you want residents to know about you AND what skills would you bring to this office?

2. If elected, what are the top 3-5 issues you want the council to address in the next two-three years.

3. Please explain why these issues are important to you and for the residents.

4. How do you expect to enhance the vitality of Hightstown generally? How will you tell if you are succeeding?

5. With the demise of local news reporting throughout the country, how might you ensure Hightstown residents become better informed about things that affect them? What are things that the governing body can do?

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Campaign Email cristinacfowler@gmail.com
Drawn to the town because of its walkability and a rich sense of community, my family and I have called Hightstown home for the past three years but have lived locally for the past 15 years. My career is focused on marketing and digital media strategy and I am currently the Marketing Manager for Keep Middlesex Moving where I work with large and small businesses utilizing local and state government agencies to promote programs aimed at sustainability, economic development, safety, and traffic mitigation. Outside of the office, I provide social media consulting services to small businesses, and also served as the President of Grace N Rogers PTO and as a local Girl Scout Troop Leader. Currently, I am the Vice President of Downtown Hightstown, where I effectively manage the social media footprint of the organization, facilitated Restaurant Week, partnered with the Historical Society to bring walking tours to town, and most recently organized the holiday window painting contest. Given the opportunity to serve, my background in sustainability and economic development, coupled with my marketing and communication expertise, would be a valuable asset to council. I am a lifelong resident of the great state of New Jersey, a proud Douglass College, Rutgers University Alumni, and when my husband and I are not driving our teenage children to and from games, practices, and swim meets, you can often find us sitting on our front porch enjoying our neighborhood!
If I am elected to serve I would like to focus my work on improving the economic development of our downtown area while advocating for our small businesses. I am passionate about our downtown; its success and growth will carry over into the attractiveness of our town. I’d like to explore the possibility of creating a Business Improvement District and Economic Development Commission.

I am eager to work with council to help in the progress of the Rug Mill project and ensure its progress is aligned with the best interest of our community and hard working families.

Finally, I’d like to focus on enhancing the communications between our borough and residents. I will explore the feasibility to establish a digital media footprint that adheres to the OPRA rules.
We are a community comprised of 1.27 square miles. Tiny in size but big in heart. Small downtown, walkable community - we have a great deal going for us. Each of the issues I outlined lends to not only the attractiveness of our community, but moves us to a more sustainable and desirable destination which in turn, increases our property values and businesses that want to operate here.
Community Vitality in short is the community’s pursuit in a shared vision of Hightstown. This can only be accomplished with open lines of communication. With young professionals and families moving into our community, their input and feedback is essential to our growth and success. In a post COVID-19 time, I would like to host community get togethers at local institutions where we can come together and share ideas and our skills.
We live in a very digital world. At times the amount of information being sent and received can be overwhelming. I’d like to stream-line the information by not only communicating via email, but using social media and perhaps live-streaming council meetings.