Patch reached out to the four candidates running for two Borough Council seats and asked them questions about themselves and their vision for the community.
Republican incumbents Linda Clifton and Donna Gould are being challenged by Democrats Joe Altomonte and Bonnie Krause. Polls open on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Below are the responses from Bonnie Krause:
Can you please provide a brief bio, including how long you’ve lived in Matawan and your ties to the community?
I am a homeowner in Matawan, with my husband Tim. I have lived and raised my children here for over 12 years. My two older children are graduates of the Matawan Regional School system. My youngest son is in the second grade at Ravine Drive Elementary School.
What are your motivations for running for elected office?
I would like to join the Borough Council so I may be a part of the process that will bring about positive change and growth to this town. I will be a voice for the residents of Matawan, an advocate for the changes we need to thrive as a Borough.
What new ideas do you have for Matawan?
We must create a more business-friendly environment including; making licensing & permit processing more efficient, improving parking, and providing short term, low interest rate loans for store front facade improvement.
We should increase recreational opportunities for seniors and families by sponsoring tickets and bus trips to regional cultural events, and aggressively pursuing grants for the enhancement of our parks.
What challenges does Matawan currently face, and what do you plan to do to address them?
Matawan has its share of challenges, including high property taxes, the declining condition of our Main Street, roadblocks that have left our Transit Village project at a standstill, and the need for more recreational opportunities for our Seniors and families. As a member of the Council I will work to develop ordinances and regulations that foster smart growth while maintaining our unique small town charm.
Property taxes are always a concern, especially in New Jersey. How can Matawan control taxes?
First, we need to eliminate wasteful spending. Also, creating a more business friendly environment will help increase our tax base through growth. Smart growth that protects our small town charm will increase the value of our properties. Our community and our tax base would also benefit from additional senior housing.
What accomplishments in your private life translates positively to a position in public office?
I earned my Masters Degree from NYU, and have 22 years of Public Service experience. Currently, I hold a management working within budget to provide for the care, housing and recreation of individuals with developmental disabilities. I manage over 100 employees, including union workers. I have the management, budgeting, and negotiating skills, as well as the vision, necessary to facilitate positive change for Matawan.