We live in a time when we are often too busy or simply unable to attend our own local government meetings. Given the current financial crisis, it is more critical than ever to be aware of what our elected officials are doing with the responsibility entrusted to them.
As a candidate for the Middletown Township Committee, I feel it is time that Middletown televises their town meetings.
If we have the capability to record our concerts in the park, than we should be able to do the same for our meetings.
I strongly believe that transparency builds open and honest government. We need residents to participate in their local government, and we need to give them the tools to do so. Middletown owes it to their residents to provide this service.
Mary E. Mahoney
Candidate for Middletown Township Committee
As a resident of Middletown for 24 years, I have enjoyed the roles of wife, mother, and successful business woman. For the last ten years, I have worked to improve our community, serving as a PTA volunteer and board member and, until recently, as a director on the board of the Lincroft Village Green Association.
I was content to continue this service but my recent exposure to Township officials changed my mind. The Township’s ill-planned approach to building turf fields opened my eyes to the serious shortcomings of our local government. This experience and the extreme challenges facing our State and Township convinced me to get more involved. As a result, I have decided to pursue, a seat on the Middletown Township Committee.
Participating in recent town meetings, I became disillusioned with the lack of transparency, poor planning and misplaced priorities that waste our precious resources and tax dollars. Despite a $5,000,000 budget deficit in 2010, our Township Committee has yet to hold a budget meeting and has already missed five months of potential budget savings. This is unacceptable. Twenty-nine years of single party rule has produced inefficiency and waste.
This Township needs a common sense, apolitical approach to governing. I have no personal agenda other than a determination to serve my fellow residents. My aim is to protect our quality of life and will strive to improve it. I welcome your energy, input and shared commitment to work with me in achieving this goal.
Mary E. Mahoney
Democratic Candidate for Middletown Township Committee
For those that are interested in the outcome of today’s primary election in Middletown, the votes broke down as follows:
For the three way race for the right to represent the Middeltown GOP the results are;
Newcomer Kevin Settembrino
received 2,023 votes (39.13%), Gerry Scharfenberger
received 1,914 votes (37.02%) and the challenger of both who wished to upset Scharfenberger, Tony Avellone
received 1,211 votes (23.42%). There were 22 write-in votes that totaled .43%
For the Democrats, both candidates were running unopposed;
Incumbent Sean Byrnes received 689 votes (50.18%) and his new running mate Mary Mahoney received 674 vote (49.09%). There were 10 write-in votes that totaled .73%
So now with the results of the primary behind us and all the candidates settled, let the games begin as they say, the campaign starts tomorrow !