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Area Candidates, NJ General Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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Westfield Town Council - 4th Ward

JAMES FOERST: GOP, incumbent, Westfield Town Council - 4th Ward: 4 Years: jim@foerst2011.com
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Candidate Bio and Statement: foerst2011.com
    Since being elected to Council, Jim has worked hard to promote and protect the interests of his constituents and Westfield as a whole. As example, in 2005, he supported the conversion of Sid Fey and Houlihan fields to field turf paid for through user fees which nearly every child in Westfield has been able to enjoy. In 2008, he succeeded in completing and ultimately passing land use legislation that will preserve the character of Westfield for decades to come. In 2009, he implemented the train whistle quiet zone on Rahway Avenue at Westfield’s border with Clark. Most recently he stopped the construction of a cell tower at the Westfield Armory that would have dramatically affected the quality of life in the 4th Ward.
    His initial goals of preserving the character of Westfield, holding the line on taxes while prudently investing in our future, and focusing on traffic safety at our schools and parks continue to be the core principals of his tenure on Council. “This term, I renew my commitment to represent your interests on the Council, and continue to work to keep Westfield the wonderful place that we call home,” says Councilman Foerst.
    Jim graduated from Seton Hall University concentrating his studies in government and law. He received his law degree with honors from Seton Hall University School of Law. Jim is the principal attorney of a successful law practice working on a broad spectrum of legal issues.
    As a businessman, Jim has built a successful law practice and explains, “based on my experience running my law practice as a business, I know the importance of being fiscally responsible.” Jim believes that thoughtful budgeting and prudent spending, the keys to running a successful business, are essential in local government as well. He assures his constituents, “I will continue to work hard to limit spending without sacrificing the high standard of services Westfielders expect. I am committed to using our tax dollars wisely and to maintaining our beautiful parks, improve our facilities and continually investing in our future.” Jim will continue to improve our streets and sidewalks so that our families may travel safely about town.
    Jim is a member of the Westfield Jaycees, a group dedicated to community service focusing on Westfield youth. In conjunction with the ARC of New Jersey, Jim also serves on the NJ Camp Jaycee Board of Directors. New Jersey Camp Jaycee is a camp for individuals with special needs. It is a collaborative effort between the New Jersey Jaycees and The Arc of New Jersey, with a mission of providing quality camping experiences to persons with developmental disabilities.
    Jim is married to Cara H. Foerst, whom he met while they attended law school. Cara is also an attorney admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey. She is the Dean of Students at Seton Hall University School of Law. Cara and Jim are the proud parents of two boys, Jamie (4) and Collin (2).
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