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Tewksbury Township Committee

Tewksbury 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.

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  • Robert E. Becker III
    (Rep)

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    Jean Frankel
    (I)

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?

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Campaign Address 37 Water Street Lebanon, NJ 08833
Website ElectJeanFrankel.org
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With many new families relocating to Tewksbury, it is imperative that we assess, maintain, and when necessary improve critical infrastructure. During this pandemic, we learned that uninterrupted power, cellular service and internet access are more crucial than ever as COVID-19 has made studying and working from home the new normal. The issue is exacerbated in part, because of our rural nature and our desire to maintain our natural open spaces and farmland. The opportunity for increased wiring to accommodate more reliable internet and power sources is limited so effective and feasible measures need to be explored. I applaud our Townships support last month for the Hunterdon County Board of County Commissioners' request for more accountability from JCP&L and the State Board of Public Utilities. If elected, I will work with the other committee members to continue to advocate for improvements in these crucial services.
I am a 35 year resident of Tewksbury, who realizes that successful governance of our unique township requires a clear understanding of the importance of the values we share of our rural quality of life. My track record as an accomplished worker who successfully completes the task at hand and my extensive years of civic service in Tewksbury demonstrate my strong ability to lead and work cooperatively with multiple agencies. I was elected to the Tewksbury BOE for 4 terms, founded the Tewksbury Education Foundation in 1996 as a not for profit that has raised over one million dollars to support our public school programs, serve as current Treasurer and Scholarship Chairperson of the Woman's Club of Tewksbury, and I am a member of the Tewksbury Land Use Board. My cooperative management skillset, and the importance of fairness and integrity in decision making are assets I will bring to a seat on the Township Committee.
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Given the historical homogeneity of Tewksbury's community and surrounding areas, our town has not spent much time implementing anti-racist policies, but a lack of preparation can lead to bad consequences. While I am not aware of acts of biases within Tewksbury's police force, I would like to echo comments in a recent statement from a coalition of Hunterdon County Community Partners, which committed to supporting initiatives to eliminate institutional racism and racial profiling. As our town diversifies, I believe it is crucial that the Township Committee and all of our municipal entities are dedicated to ensuring their policies and practices do not marginalize specific communities. If elected to Township Committee, I will work to bring a similar proposal to our committee and evaluate how we can best ensure not only that our police, but also all extensions of our local government, are committed to equity and equality.
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