Up of Local Candidates
Baehr is an undergraduate student at the Woodrow Wilson School
of Public and International Affairs. Mr. Baehr's platform focuses
on relations between the Borough and the University, mainly the
college's payment in lieu of taxes. The first Republican to run
for Council in three years, if elected, Mr. Baehr pledges not
to increase Borough property taxes for three years; to achieve
a structured, financial commitment from all tax-exempt institutions;
and to allow the University to control student issues, such as
the monitoring of underage drinking on campus.
Koontz is new to Council this year, filling the seat vacated by
Joe O'Neill when he became mayor in January. An 11-year resident
of the Borough and the only candidate who was in favor of the
downtown redevelopment project, Mr. Koontz has taken measures
this year to ensure that taxes don't rise significantly again
in 2005. In June he proposed a resolution to Council that would
revise the schedule for road reconstruction, decrease the Borough's
police force from 34 to 32 members, reevaluate meter patrol staff,
and urge the Township to consolidate police departments with the
is a lifelong resident of Princeton and a member of Borough Council
since 1989, as well as the Borough's finance committee chairman.
A lawyer who often represents members of the Hispanic community,
Mr. Martindell is a strong advocate of creating affordable housing
in the Borough. Known as the Borough's "no" man, he
has been known to vote against the Borough's tax hike several
years, including 2004. Strongly in favor of providing tax relief
to Borough residents, Mr. Martindell would like to increase revenues
to offset the tax burden, with actions that include raising parking
meter and garage fees.
Paul Kapp, 44, believes a one-party
government is not receptive to the political sentiment of all
Township voters: "As well-intentioned as the members of Committee
may be, they're not getting the full picture."
that a one-party government is "unhealthy for any environment."
since 1995, the Snowden Lane resident and his wife have two young
children, Nicholas and Erick, and have lived in the Township for
nearly 10 years. Mr. Kapp is a member of the PTO at the LIttlebrook
School where son Erick is a student. He owns the McKinley Marketing
Group on Harrison Street.
Mr. Kapp emphasized that with
the Borough facing historic tax hikes, he does not want to see
the effects spill into the Township though the joint municipal
41, a lifelong Princetonian, is running on the Democratic ticket
with the hope of maintaining an "inclusive community,"
and has been encouraged by working residents, previously uninvolved
in the community, who have become more interested in finding time
for their local government.
Mr. Liverman's wife LaTonya,
and daughters Kelsey and Ashlyn were the ones to encourage him
to run for office: "It's the right thing to do," he
said. "I want to be able to have the best roads, best parks,
and to make sure our taxes aren't killing us in Princeton Township.
candidate, who heads up Liverman Associates, a real estate venture,
is vice chairman of the Princeton Human Services Commission, a
trustee on the Princeton Community Village Housing Board and the
Arts Council of Princeton's Neighborhood Advisory Board. He has
also looked at launching an initiative offering after school guidance
for "at risk" teenagers.
a Republican, Irene White said her party affiliation lends itself
to be more business-minded, more conservative, and overall more
"fiscally-responsible." A resident since 1983, Ms. White
said she believes the Township has involved itself in a form of
"runaway spending." A former administrator in the medical
division at Johnson & Johnson, she said her background in
dealing with division budgets gives her insight has to how to
"properly" spend Township monies. She also contended
that general Republican practices, overall, dictate more "responsible"
"I'm concerned with the Township's rising
debt load, and it will come back to haunt us over the years,"
Ms. White is also interested in preserving the
character of the Township by re-emphasizing the ideal of a quiet,
tree-lined community. "I think our character is unique and
I think we need to develop a long-range plan to handle our traffic."
Mayor Phyllis Marchand has served
on Township Committee since 1987 and nine consecutive terms as
mayor. An advocate for age-restricted housing, Mayor Marchand
has focused energy in this past term to keep seniors in Princeton.
Rising property taxes have sent seniors packing to neighboring
A resident of Montadale Drive with her husband,
Lucien, the mayor also said she would spend another term pushing
for ordinances that would improve public safety and health. When
announcing her intent to run for re-election, she said she would
work with the state to enable a town's right to enact ordinances
to ban smoking in public places. Municipalities currently do not
have that ability.
"There is still important work to
be done," Mayor Marchand said. "We are almost at the
point of complete build-out in the town and the direction we take
in the next few years will be critical to the long-term health
and vibrancy of our community."
Mayor Marchand has
three grown children and is a grandmother.