Manalapan voters will go the polls on the Nov. 5 to fill three empty seats on the Manalapan Township Committee. The all-Republican Committee has two candidates vying to reclaim their seats, including Deputy Mayor Jordan Maskowitz and Committeeman Jack McNaboe.
Maskowitz is running for a full three year term and McNaboe is running for a one year term. McNaboe filled Don Holland’s seat, left vacant when he resigned from the Committee in early March. Holland’s term was set to expire in December 2014, which is why a one year term is empty.
Another three year term is available as Committeeman Andrew Lucas’ term was set to expire and he chose not to run for reelection. Before the term expired, however, Lucas chose to resign from his position. On the Republican slate, Maryann Musich is running to fill this seat .
On the Democratic ticket, Ryan Urgo and Ayesha Chaudhary are running for the full terms and David Goldstein is running for the one year term.
All of the candidates were asked to answer the same questions about themselves and their political stances for Manalapan Patch. Patch will be running these candidate profiles up until the election.
MARY ANN MUSICH CANDIDATE PROFILE
Name: Mary Ann Musich
Education: BA degree from TESC
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background and why you should be elected.
I have lived in Manalapan for the past 29 years. I have been married to my husband, Tony for 40 years and we have one son, Thomas. I have been actively involved in the Township from the beginning. I have done a considerable amount of volunteer work, to include raising a puppy for the Seeing Eye, Vice President of the Home School Association at a private school, member of the Family Life Committee at my Church, member and Chairperson of the Manalapan Board of Adjustment, member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), member of the Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT), and a member of the Walk With Joe Committee (a 9-11 charity event). Also, I volunteered during Superstorm Sandy and the aftermath of the storm.
2. What do you think distinguishes you from other candidates? What do you bring to the table?
I have experience in the public sector, having worked at the East Brunswick Sewerage Authority for 20 years, where I helped develop and monitor the budget, managed the developer escrow accounts, aided developers in the application process for EBSA and the DEP. I was responsible for the yearly billing of 16,000 residents. I participated in contract negotiations for the office and field staff. I developed a personnel manual to include a drug policy and grievance procedures.
3. What are the most pressing issues facing the community today? How would you approach and resolve these issues?
I would like to encourage more businesses to come to Manalapan. We need more clean ratable to level out our tax base and ensure that taxes remain stable for our residents. Having 20 years of public sector experience will be an asset in dealing with any issues that arise at the Township. Since I have retired from the East Brunswick Sewerage Authority, I now have the time to devote to Manalapan Township. We saw firsthand during Superstorm Sandy the importance of being available at any time to address the needs of the residents.