BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Each week leading to the November 5 election, the candidates running for Berkeley Heights Township Council have the opportunity to answer question(s) that will be run in a series by TAPinto Berkeley Heights.
The following answer is from Democratic Township Council Candidate Rina Franchino for Week 1.
Week 1 Questions:
- Why are you Running for Office?
- What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the elected office you are seeking?
- What do you think the major issues facing Berkeley Heights are at this time?
Why are you running for office?
Berkeley Heights is my hometown. I’ve lived here for almost 30 years; my husband Frank and I chose to raise our family here – our daughter, Ava, and our son, Leo. We have a huge investment in the future of our town. In 2015, I ran for Council and lost by fewer than 100 votes. Quite simply, I ran then – and I’m running now – because I want to give back to my hometown and make it the best it can be for my children.
I believe in Team Purple and am an advocate of Democrats and Republicans coming together to make our community even better. Our motto – “Change We Can Agree On” – is about a collaborative government that respects our residents and seeks to put an end to the caustic political tone that divides our community. It’s about creating positive change free of partisanship, as we work together to bring more services to our town at lower costs, improve our quality of life, and manage tough challenges together.
What unique skills or knowledge will you bring to the council?
As an educator, my job requires me to have the ability to listen to and learn about new ideas and policies, patience and understanding of what others think and feel, careful time management, and being a positive role model for children – all of which are important skills for serving in local government. I am passionate about shared services and working with neighboring communities. We have seen great results from sharing services with Union County on both the salt dome and the Public Works Director. The salt dome shared service agreement will bring in a $1 million over 20 years and by sharing the DPW Director, BH taxpayers are saving $70,000 a year.