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Blairstown is governed by a Township Committee, which has five members, who are elected 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 general election in a three-year cycle. The Committee members select one of their members to serve as Mayor and another to serve as Deputy Mayor

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    Kevin V. Doell
    (N)

  • Jeanette Iurato
    (N)

  • Walter Orcutt
    (Rep)

  • Debra Waldron
    (Rep)

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?

The three most important challenges facing Blairstown are 1.) Communication 2.) Business environment; and 3.) Natural Resource Protection.

Improve communications. I would establish opt-in email and texting lists to communicate with residents on a routine basis or whenever a new important issue arises. People are extremely busy. People don’t have time to “go to the website” for information, nor should they have to. Sending out timely communications keeps people informed and engaged in their community.

Make Blairstown more business friendly. I would establish a committee specifically charged with the economic health of the town and its residents. Take one look at the onerous rules and regulations that restrict commerce in this town and ask yourself, whatever happened to small government? The rules need to be reviewed, simplified, and brought up to date.

Protect our natural resources. I would re-establish an Environmental Commission to help protect and promote the incredible natural resources that make our home so special. Between our Paulinskill, parks, farmlands, forests, hunting and fishing areas, there is so much to care for. Plus, by not having any kind of formal team dedicated to protecting our natural resources, Blairstown doesn’t qualify for desperately needed grants and funds. We are leaving money on the table.
My career experiences have prepared me well for the duties of a committee member, which are to study the issues, listen to the people, weigh the options, plan and execute.

I am a Fortune 500 professional, a farmer, and a veteran Army officer. My career has spanned multiple industries such as water utilities, real estate, and defense. My particular job skill sets include operations, communications, and project management. As a veteran Operation Iraqi Freedom U.S. Army intelligence officer, I have a strong background in leadership, management, and organizational performance.

My farm background connects me directly to the local rural economy that lies at the heart of our history in Blairstown. My wife, Patti, and I named our place “Little Big Farm,” because while it’s a little farm, it’s big in terms of the work that it took to restore and to maintain it. The farm embodies our values – hard work, persistence, and family.

When off farm, I work as an operations manager for a large telecommunications company. I manage activities critical to the business – planning and analysis, communications, and project management – all skills that would be needed to help address the needs of local government.

No job has shaped my professional DNA more than my Army service. When you are a cadet, you are taught “Duty, Honor, Country.” In essence, I am running for committee to serve my country, because service starts in the community.
Americans from every walk of life are coming together to work out the best ways to address the problem.

First, I would work with the teams that our local, county, state, and federal officials have brought together to address the situation.

Next, I would employ modern communication platforms to keep the public informed about the actions we are taking to overcome the COVID-19 threat and all of the resources available to help, to include promoting local job boards for those who may find themselves in need.

I would also assist with local food banks to ensure that families faced with food shortages have what they need to care for their families and children.

COVID-19 requires that we act as one, unified team to overcome this grave challenge. Therefore, I would work to ensure that the Blairstown leadership team has built the strong relationships needed, both within the community and throughout the state, to help us weather the tough times.
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