For those that are unaware there is a Middletown Republican turned Independent who is running for a seat on the Middletown Township Committee this year, his name is Richard Morrill.
After last night’s Meet the Candidates forum sponsored by the Oak Hill Association, which turned raucous at times over some of Morrill’s responses, it was a clear case of room-packing and planting adversaries against a former Middletown GOP insider.
Below is his Q&A that appears in this week’s Election 2011 Candidate profile
published in this weeks edition of the Independent.
Q. What do you believe is the main issue facing Middletown? If elected to the Township Committee what specific steps would you take to tackle this issue?
MORRILL: Taxes. I would like to look to re-engineer how the township operates by analyzing all departments one at a time. I would bring a fresh pair of eyes and ears with experience in re-engineering departments.
Q. What are your qualifications to serve on the Middletown Township Committee?
MORRILL: I feel I am qualified to serve on the Middletown Township Committee due to my success in re-engineering numerous departments at Barclays Bank, saving in excess of $10 million per year. I also managed multiple construction projects in multiple buildings and multiple states, including one valued at $27 million. All came in on time and under budget. I managed an average of 150 people at a time.
Q. Are there any issues facing Middletown that you specifically want to address?
MORRILL: The other issues that I want to specifically address are the spending in Middletown, the supervision of employees, the pricing for professional services and the appointments of individuals to committees and boards in Middletown so that all residents are represented. I would like to encourage new businesses to come to Middletown by assisting and courting them to create jobs in the township.
The letter below appears in this weeks edition of the Independent.
I ’ve heard so many people say with defeat, “It didn’t used to be like this.” They are talking about our town officials’ apparent disregard for the residents they serve.
Middletown has been ruled for many years by a Republican majority. Our five-member Township Committee is all-Republican this year, and many residents would agree that things seem worse than ever .
There is a saying: If you keep doing the same thing, you can expect the same outcome. If we want to make things better in Middletown, we need to choose better representatives who put residents above all.
OnNov. 8, we fill twoTownship Committee seats. It’s our chance to put some balance back on the dais. But we need to vote in both Democratic candidates, not just one. We need two people who together guard our interests in order to make a real difference.
One reason is because it takes two votes to get any issue discussed — one committee member to make the motion, and another to second it. Without that critical second vote, an idea — no matter how good — dies on the vine.
There is a long list of issues that our Republican officials refuse to have a conversation about. And right now, they don’t have to. We can’t force them. They can do just exactly as they please, without any justification, no matter what it costs you. And if you’ve been paying attention to your tax bills, I don’t need to tell you what the price has been.
There’s another reason why having two Democratic representatives is so important. It takes four votes out of five to approve new debt. Three alone can’t do it, certainly not without having a real conversation about it first.
Paul J. Jansen
The following letter appears in yesterdays’ Asbury Park Press:
As we approach Tuesday, Nov. 8, I am reminded daily of the serious issues facing Middletown.
Last year, Sean Byrnes and I ran on those very same issues. Unfortunately, the voters chose to vote for more of the same, primarily due to the national political climate.
Although unsuccessful, we did manage to get more than 2,000 voters to cross party lines and vote for us. They recognized that party affiliation should not be a factor when it comes to local politics. It’s all about who will manage our taxes more wisely and prudently. It’s all about our leaders representing the people they were elected to serve, not a political party.
Anyone opposing the Republican candidates faces an uphill battle. We have a political machine firmly entrenched in Middletown for more than 30 years, which has controlled everything.
There is no way the Republicans can blame another party for the problems we are facing. Yet due to their continued mismanagement, our debt has ballooned to more than $72 million. One-party government has failed in Middletown; it’s time we hold those in charge accountable.
Voters have another opportunity this November to choose candidates who represent honesty and integrity, candidates who will respect the needs of all the residents of Middletown and not the elite few.
Those candidates are Jim Grenafege and Carol Fowler.