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Union County, New Jersey Elections November 2, 2010
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Fanwood Borough Council


JASON BENEDICT: Republican, challenger, Fanwood Borough Council: 3 years:
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Candidate Bio and Statement: I'd like to introduce myself to those of you who I have not yet met. My name is Jason Benedict and I'm running for Fanwood Borough Council. My wife Jennifer and I moved to Fanwood three years ago attracted by small town lifestyle and Fanwood’s friendly residents in particular. Our experience here since then has confirmed our hopes. This resounding endorsement enticed my parents to move here as well. Within the last few months, my parents bought a home in Fanwood and are relocating from Brooklyn, NY. This comes at a fortuitous time for my family as we welcomed our first born child just about a year ago. My son Logan is blessed with the opportunity to grow up in Fanwood, thereby affording him the many benefits, both academic and social, that our wonderful community has to offer. Having moved into Fred Chemidlin's old house on North Avenue, I was influenced by his example of service to the community. Both he and our dear friend Robert Kraus helped cultivate my growing interest and involvement in the community. I joined the Board of the Fanwood Community Foundation (a nonprofit organization providing philanthropy for the Borough of Fanwood and its citizens) and found this service a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to help my neighbors and the community. As the Director of IT operations at Fordham University in New York, I can offer my experience in nonprofit management and administration along with strategic leadership skills. My professional background in vendor management, risk mitigation and budget containment can be an asset to the community as we endeavor to keep homeowner taxes as low as possible and apply a conservative fiscal perspective on expenses. No less important is my dedication to the realization of smart development in the downtown area and ensuring consideration of our rich history. I have learned there was an era when Fanwood had a vibrant downtown with pharmacies, a meat market, bakery and hardware store, as well as the shops that have been here for many years. I urge you to support these small businesses now located throughout the larger downtown area and I am committed to seeing the development of attractive ratables in the redevelopment area. I am delighted to be running with Councilman Tony Parenti, Fanwood’s former Police Chief for many years. That’s another great learning experience that I am enjoying. I would appreciate the opportunity to represent you and serve your family on the Fanwood Borough Council. Spread the word, and ask your neighbors, friends and relatives to vote for Jason Benedict and Tony Parenti on November 2nd.
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