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Chester is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.

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    Elizabeth Gugliemini
    (Rep)

  • Gary William Marshuetz
    (Rep)

  • Stacy Ann Strum
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

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

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

What steps would you take to address the economic, social, and personal impact of the COVID-19 crisis and to prepare for future pandemics on the community?

Campaign Email elikgug@gmail.comn
Our entire community, residential and business owner alike, has been affected by the Pandemic. Chester's Main Street has been deeply impacted and continues to feel the effects. Our Autumn events, which brings much foot traffic to the town, had been canceled. "Shop local" has never meant more to our business community. As a Council Member, I would like to see a temporary modification to our "Special Event" ordinance and I would ask the Council to consider a reduction in permit fees and an increase in permitted events. As an elected official, we need to find creative options to help our business owners.

Sound policy and budget management have been a cornerstone during my tenure, and I will continue to look for options of saving tax dollars.

Maintaining and replacing septic systems is very costly for both residents and business owners. One of the projects that the Council has been working on since 2018, is the ability to build a new sewer plant utilizing new technology which would allow for more users (business and residential) in the Borough. The Mayor has been successfully working with the State of New Jersey, the Highlands Council and other companies. I would continue to support the Borough's effort in seeking an option to build a new sewer plant.

As an experienced Chester Borough Council Member (2013-2018) and Council President (2018), I have acquired the depth of knowledge in budgeting and policy making. As a former Director of Human Resources, my professional experience has enabled me to effectively lead both the Personnel and Ordinance Committees.
The CDC and State Government have established guidelines for those either visiting or residing in the State of New Jersey. The most important aspect for our local government is to keep our residents and business owners informed of local issues and provide resources. Fortunately, Chester Borough has an emergency notification system in place, called SwiftReach which would enable immediate communication within our community.
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