A new slate, led by former Mayor Robert Jackson, has emerged in the Montclair Township Council race. From a press release sent out yesterday:
Insisting the town’s sustainability is under threat from high property taxes, excessive debt, diminished services and an expectations/performance gap in public education, a group calling itself Montclair 2012 today announced its team of candidates for the May municipal election.
Comprised of tested and new leaders, Montclair 2012 team members include:
- Robert Jackson, an experienced Montclair mayor and at-large councilor who is seeking the mayoralty;
- Rich McMahon, candidate for at-large councilor;
- Bob Russo, an experienced Montclair mayor and 1st Ward councilor, pursuing an at-large councilor seat;
- Rich Murnick, the current 1st Ward councilor looking to return to that post;
- Robin Schlager, an experienced 2nd Ward councilor, hoping to return as the ward’s representative; and
- Sean Spiller, candidate for 3rd Ward councilor
“Montclair 2012 is a team of experienced individuals who work well together, like each other and respect each other’s talents and opinions,” Jackson said. “We love this town, the traditions, the diversity, the million ways you can enjoy it.
“Whether multi-generational or newcomers,” Jackson added, “Montclair residents are very proud of our remarkable community, our traditions and national reputation as one of the foremost progressive American communities. We believe Montclair’s schools should be among the best, too.”
Montclair 2012 to focus on five areas in particular
With myriad challenges facing Montclair as it moves into the election season, Jackson said, “Montclair 2012 has the cohesiveness, intellect and experience to address these issues effectively.”
The team’s particular focus, he said, “will be financial management and debt reduction, economic development and ratable growth, the structure and performance of municipal services, educational excellence and communication with residents.”
Jackson addresses tax burden
“The tax burden on Montclair residents is out of control,” Jackson said. “Many residents have seen increases of nearly 60 percent over the last 10 years – well beyond the rate of inflation and well beyond what is sustainable for our future”.
“We look forward to a robust dialog and information exchange that will engage our constituents to work hard with us,” Jackson said.
“The decisions Montclair makes now will determine whether future generations inherit its legacy with gratitude or regret,” Jackson said. “We have no doubt our team has the capability, the vision and the focus to create a secure legacy.”