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Middletown Township Committee -- Full Term -- Vote for TwoThe township's governing body is comprised of a five-member Township Committee, whose members are elected at-large in partisan elections to three-year terms on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting, the Committee selects one of its members to serve as Mayor and another as Deputy Mayor, each for a one-year term. The Township Committee establishes municipal policies and programs and appropriates funds.

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    Ryan M. Clarke
    (Rep)

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    Brian W. Penschow
    (Dem)

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    Patricia A. Snell
    (Rep)

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    Marguerite Stocker
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

Campaign Email middletowngop@gmail.com
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/MiddletownRepublicans
Website http://www.yourmiddletown.com/
Campaign Address 1706 Highway 35 South Middletown, NJ 07748
Education Some College
Maintaining a reasonable tax rate while providing top of the line township wide services. In order to maintain these services we will continually evaluate and tweak the efficiencies of all departments to best apply the taxpayers money.
I have been an integral part of a successful company for nearly 20yrs rising from an employee at large into top management. My experience as Chief of the eleven (11) Middletown Township fire companies staffed with 400+ active members has also helped prepare me for this opportunity. In these positions I have had to create, maintain, and responsibly spend budgets, as well as develop and execute 3,5, and 7 year spending plans. Serving in the role of Chief gave me the opportunity to interface with and understand all the other departments in Middletown. These experiences combined give me a greater understanding than most as to how Middletown operates on a daily basis and would allow me to hit the ground running if I am lucky enough to be elected into the committee position.
As a committee member I would look to continue the open space initiative that has been started by the current committee to ensure my children grow up in the Middletown I have known my whole life. I would look to continue the fiscal responsibility demonstrated by the current and past Township Committees while looking for new and creative ways to bring more services to our township. As for education the Town Committee has no say in how the BOE operates as they are 2 separate and distinct organizations, however I would look to work with them to create a better synergy and ability to share information .
Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/UnitingMiddletown
Website www.unitingmiddletown.com
Education A.S. Engineering Architecture B.S. Architecture
Middletown faces the same challenges that many suburban towns face across the country. How do we maintain our sense of place and our shared history while progressing towards a better future for us all? Middletown is one of the sites of earliest European settlement, and now we are in an unprecedented time for the pace of change in our society. With broad geography, a diverse community, multiple sections and villages, and income and wealth disparity, Middletown can sometimes feel disconnected. To face the coming challenges, both foreseen and unknown, we must become a more connected, more united Middletown. Connecting Middletown geographically will help stimulate the local economy, provide tax relief, and create a more resilient, more walkable community. In planning the best course forward, all residents should have a voice, and all good ideas should be considered. I will work with all residents to provide a safer, more livable community and to continue to improve the quality of life we have in Middletown.

My education, leadership and professional training, integrity, and passion qualify me to serve on the Township Committee. As a licensed Architect, I have been taught to see challenges and issues on all levels from the overall schematic concepts to the minutia that sometimes go overlooked. I have been trained to anticipate growth and change, and to plan for smart adaptations. As an active leader in the American Institute of Architects, I have had extensive training on building teams and coalitions to accomplish projects on all levels. I am the type of person that has the conviction to do what is right, even when no one is watching. I welcome accountability because I want to listen. I have a deep passion for building community, and the best ideas for doing that come from the community.
To continue to build upon the quality of life Middletown residents have come to enjoy, three factors are key. First, we must have a vision of the future. Secondly, we must support and develop our local economy. Finally, we must have strong leaders and committed citizens to keep us on the right path. Our vision of the future means much more than just adopting a master plan for zoning. It must include envisioning the best ways to address inevitable changes that are happening globally, regionally, and locally. We must address the inequities and systemic problems that our community faces. When we do not, we become more vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters like hurricanes, winter storms, and flooding. Developing a strong local economy based on small business leadership in the community is the backbone of a successful township. A strong local economy provides jobs, tax revenue, safer streets and communities, and the sense of place that builds the character of a community. We must foster the ability for everyone to walk to and among local restaurants, stores, and establishments to ensure that businesses and families thrive. Strong leadership is dependent on and partnered with an engaged citizenry. Leaders listen to all proposals, and to the needs of the community. I will listen, and I will act in the best interest of Middletown.
Campaign Email middletowngop@gmail.com
Facebook Page www.facebook.com/patsnellnj
Website http://www.yourmiddletown.com/
Campaign Address 1676 Route 35 Suite 2 Middletown, N.J. 07748
Education Red Bank High School Brookdale CC
Challenges arise every day. How we face them determines the community we all want to live in. Keeping Middletown affordable is important to all of us for the success of our families. Being fiscally responsible, maintaining a reasonable tax rate and passing smart, reasonable budgets along with keeping spending in line while still preparing for the future is critical. Utilizing shared service agreements has become an excellent solution. We also need to continue all the important services our residents have come to rely on. Lastly overdevelopment needs to be guarded against so it does not infiltrate the performance of our schools, neighborhoods and infrastructure.
My husband and I have lived in the Navesink section of Middletown since 1983 raising our two daughters and now watching them raise their families here in town. I am so grateful to Middletown for offering the quality of life they have chosen for their families so I can watch our six grandchildren grow up like their Moms. The first five were girls, not unexpected looking at family history! Finally a boy at number six. The two oldest graduated Middletown High School North and the four youngest are all at Fairview Elementary. My husband Bill is a life long resident of Middletown and volunteers with Leonardo First Aid. He is also a past member of the MTFD. I am proud to have served on the Middletown Township Committee for the past two years with four amazing Committee Members including our Mayor Tony Perry. I was humbled that the residents of Middletown elected me to represent them and look forward to once again earning their trust in guarding their family's future here in Middletown. Bill and I are past small business owners in town, opening up Jersey Mike's Subs on New Monmouth Rd in 1983 and understand the joy and responsibility of owning a business. Unfortunately these unprecedented times have put added stress on many business owners and we continue to look for ways to assist them. I have been a Broker/Sales Associate in real estate for the past 26 years. I managed the Middletown Office of Heritage House Sotheby's International Realty and continue with the Company today.
Our children are our greatest resource. Their future depends on what we do and protect today. Education is by far the most important element to the success of our children. An exceptional school system that works for them is to be constantly improved upon and safeguarded. We at the Township Committee have strived to work with the Board Of Education to that end. I am confident our children will reap the benefits of our continued efforts. Open space is the backbone to our quality of life. Our parks, fields and farmlands make Middletown uniquely Middletown. The enjoyment spans all generations from the youngest to the oldest. We all need to be the guardians of preserving our open space. Supporting our seniors is critical respecting our past so we can look to the future. Our seniors have provided us the foundation on which to build our future so now it is our responsibility to make sure they continue to have the services they need. Finally Middletown once again been awarded the safest community in New Jersey with populations over 50,000 residents according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report released last week. We all need to continue to respect our Police for the job they do every day to keep us safe.

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/UnitingMiddletown/about/?ref=page_internal
Website https://UnitingMiddletown.com
Campaign Address 26 Campbell Street Red Bank, NJ 07701
Education Bachelors from Boston University Masters from Thomas Edison
The major challenges facing the community include the stewardship of the Open Space Trust Fund, the pursuit of additional grant opportunities to make Middletown a safer and more walkable community, reducing the burden on taxpayers, investigating more shared services opportunities allowing for reduced expenditures, communication with constituents to make certain their concerns and ideas are being heard at Town Hall, the development of green initiatives to protect our environment and the engagement of law enforcement in community building to improve trust and respect. By challenging the status quo and lending fresh eyes to redundant and out-dated practices while connecting communities and neighborhoods through improved transportation, communication, support and infrastructure, I believe I can address those challenges.
I have served as representative on the Board of Education’s Parent Information Committee (PIC) and as a Middletown Youth Athletic Association (MYAA) volunteer, and from 2016 to 2018 held the office of Parent Faculty Association president for River Plaza Elementary School. I have also just begun my second elected term as Monmouth County District Representative for Middletown's District 10. I also organized with other families to preserve Middletown’s Stevenson Park as a natural sanctuary and protect it from unintended development. I was a founding member of the Save Stevenson Park committee and remain involved in the organization today.

In a career spanning more than two decades, I have overseen the operation of two independent college bookstores in New Jersey. I was Director of Brookdale Community College Scroll and Pen Bookstore for seventeen years until I took over as Manager of the University Store at Monmouth University in West Long Branch in 2016. Operating both stores resulted in decades worth of budgeting and human resources experience.
As mentioned earlier, the walkability, safety, economic and environmental health of our community is critical. By being an avid listener while asking the important and relevant questions, we can ensure the high quality of life Middletown residents experience will not only be preserved, but improved upon. Engaging experts and citizens alike, reviewing data, sharing resources all the while maintaining transparency, we can continue to make Middletown one of the most favored New Jersey towns to call home.