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Frenchtown municipal government consists of a mayor and a Borough Council comprised of six council members, with all positions elected at large directly by voters. The mayor serves a four-year term of office during which s/he presides at council meetings, but has no vote except to break ties. Borough Council members serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year. The Borough Council meets in Borough Hall, 29 Second Street at 7:30 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month.

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    Stacy Becker
    (Dem)

  • Michele Liebtag
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenges facing our municipality? How do you intend to address these challenges?

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for this office?

What, if any, new proposals for local ordinances and/or resolutions do you think are needed, and why?

The State’s Attorney General has directed all county and municipal police agencies to identify discriminatory policies and practices and work to eliminate them. What can our municipality do to promote accountability and non-biased policing in law enforcement?

What are your short-term and long-term proposals to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our municipality?

Campaign Address 201 Harrison Street Frenchtown, NJ
Frenchtown is a remarkable community for many reasons. One that I really admire is the way people come together to support one another in the face of challenges. Like any community in America, Frenchtown has its shares of challenges. I know that the school is hurting, that businesses have been challenged even without COVID-19, that there’s worry about the new housing development, and that property taxes and sewer rates are a burden for many.

I have no magic solutions—no one does. I am interested in open and transparent processes that can build on the civic spirit that is Frenchtown. As a City Council member you can expect me to listen, and you can expect me to ask you to listen to others. You can expect that I know, as one individual, that I will never have the corner on the “truth.” You can expect me to work hard on behalf of Frenchtown, and that I appreciate the work you do for Frenchtown too.
I moved here 3 ½ years ago from Minnesota. Three years ago I was a renter; I had decided I never wanted the responsibility of home ownership again. But I found myself more at home in Frenchtown than anyplace I’ve lived. I thank you for that. So I bought a house on Harrison Street.

I previously served as public works director for the City of Saint Paul, where I was able to upgrade the bond rating of the sewer utility. I was budget director for Saint Paul and for the City and County of San Francisco, both in austere fiscal times. The Police Chief in Saint Paul appointed me to his executive team, where I helped advance community policing. I ran my own consulting business for 18 years, working for a housing developer and advising leaders on community development, affordable housing, education, and health. My favorite work was in advancing citizen engagement as an important and valuable aspect of public problem solving. I have a Master’s degree in public policy and another in city design.
My only agenda at the outset is to help Frenchtown thrive, and sometimes fresh eyes can be helpful. I will develop new proposals in concert with the community and the City Council.
First, I think everyone in Frenchtown should get a knock on their door by one of our police officers to introduce themselves. There’s nothing like personal relationships for accountability and safety! Second, there must be an ironclad expectation that policing will be non-biased, and clarity about the consequences if it is not. Third, we need all of Frenchtown to help identify any discriminatory practices, so that the City Council can take appropriate action, whether policy or personnel. The practices take place on the street, not the City Council offices.
This is a very complex issue, not amenable to one-shot solutions. I would want to study the budget very deeply and have numerous conversations with Frenchtown residents before I advanced any such proposals. Clearly, we need to run a balanced budget; I am adept at that. The much harder question is the long-term basis for how Frenchtown thrives economically and financially. Economics, business prosperity, taxes, development—these are not discrete issues. They all interact to create a community that is uniquely Frenchtown. The question is what is sustainable going forward, and how that meshes with the highest priorities of Frenchtown residents.
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