In Princeton, we are at a historic moment in the governance of our town. We have the opportunity to select the individual who will best lead our entire community toward a new, unified Princeton. We have the opportunity to choose a leader who will work tirelessly with the new Council and who has a vision and a plan to address the many challenges facing a community trying to consolidate so many critical community wide concerns.

As an architect and a builder, a community planner and activist, a business owner and a professional, an artist and organizer, a team leader and a team player, and as someone who has lived in both the Borough and Township, I have demonstrated the skills, dedication, perseverance, and aptitude necessary for this new leadership position in Princeton.

In thinking about who best to lead Princeton, I asked myself two questions: “Who can best accomplish the promises consolidation has to offer” and “Who can best unite the experiences, history and culture of the Township and the Borough?” We all understand that this is an important time for our future and we all have a role to play. My answer to both questions is simple. For this time and for these challenges “I CAN” and I want to be YOUR Mayor.

Here are ten points that I will make fundamental to my efforts as Mayor:

  1. Control Spending: No tax increases, as Borough has done for the past 4 years.
  2. Public Safety: Merge police departments while improving street patrols and safety.
  3. Preserve the Fire Department: Maintain an all-volunteer force.
  4. A Strong Downtown: Promote economic development and improve our streetscapes,
  5. Community Planning: Planning by the people, instead of for the people.
  6. Academic Institutions: Engage our academic partners early and often with candor and transparency.
  7. Affordable Housing: Develop housing at multiple levels of income distribution.
  8. Aging in Place: Promote a transportation infrastructure for senior mobility.
  9. Parks and Open Space: Improve open space management and create Princeton Parks Department
  10. Youth Services: Provide high-quality programs for our community’s youth.

I have the experience to work with both existing municipal staffs to effectively accomplish our merger. Working as the Princeton Township building inspector for three years in the early 1990s I developed strong positive relationships with Township staff. Working with Borough staff as an elected official since 2008, I constantly strive to improve the delivery of our services to our constituents and business interests.

Beyond my civic service, I own a business, Princeton Design Guild, where my work as an architect and leader of our construction teams that built projects in our community from the prosaic – the façade of Hoagie Haven – to the magical – Quark Park has given me hardened experience with a firm sense of the doable. I have taken projects from their conception to completion for over 25 years – I am qualified and committed to be your Mayor. I thank you for your consideration.