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 Joe Altomonte:
Can you please provide a brief bio, including how long you’ve lived in Matawan and your ties to the community?
My wife and I moved here in 1999. We were drawn to the small town atmosphere while still being in close proximity to my place of employment. I have a blended family totaling four children. All of them have either graduated or are currently attending the Matawan School system. Our oldest daughter is an elementary school teacher, the other daughter is a Medical Biller in Aberdeen, my oldest son is currently attending college, and my youngest son is in the 7th grade in Middle School.
What are your motivations for running for elected office?
The reason I’m running is because I am committed to the growth and prosperity of this Borough. The ideas of growth and redevelopment that have been discussed over the past few years have not come any closer to being accomplished. My goal is to gain respect and work towards retaining and attracting new individuals and businesses to the community.
What new ideas do you have for Matawan?
My goals for my community are to develop the Borough in order to attract and retain businesses and homeowners, and provide better access to Borough services in order to make it easier to get things accomplished in a timely and efficient manner.
What challenges does Matawan currently face, and what do you plan to do to address them?
Matawan faces the same challenges as any other community. We must ensure that an efficient budget is developed and maintained. By accomplishing this, an increase to our taxes will be minimal.
Property taxes are always a concern, especially in New Jersey. How can Matawan control taxes?
In order to control taxes, the Borough must control spending. The Borough’s Administration must find ways to ensure that money is not wasted and that new ways to obtain funding is fully explored.
What accomplishments in your private life translates positively to a position in public office?
One of my major professional accomplishments was becoming a Captain in the Jersey City Fire Department. I take pride in providing for the safety of others. I have learned to lead and act quickly in order to prevent loss of property and life. My personal accomplishments is raising a family that is concerned with helping others, and being productive, caring citizens.