Red Bank voters will have 11 candidates to choose from when they elect a five-member charter study commission November 2.
Here’s what candidate Aimee Humphreys had to say in response to a questionnaire sent to all contenders by redbankgreen.
Address: 12 West Lake Road, Red Bank
Length of residence: 4 1/2 years
Is Red Bank’s present form of government problematic?
There are problems in Red Bank but until the study in undertaken I can’t say if it is because of the form of government.
I do think an analysis and examination of the form of government here needs a ReFresh because it appears to be in some upheaval. There is a rift between personalities, objectives, goals and the direction of the town.
What would you bring to the table as a commission member?
I have experience in municipal government as a former Fair Haven Councilwoman. I am a member of the League of Women Voters where I have served almost 10 years on the Steering Committee for the “Running and Winning” program. I have been engaged in politics and civic issues most of my adult life. I am the Vice Chair of the Monmouth County Democratic Women’s Caucus whose mission is to encourage and support women’s leadership. As a volunteer for many local activities during the years my children were in school my focus was always to contribute for the greater good and to give my time and talents to making things better for the community. I have an open, objective perspective and can work well with others.
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• The election of the five-member charter study commission is on the ballot along with a referendum on whether the five-member commission should be formed to review Red Bank’s 113-year-old form of government.
Here’s the specific wording of the public question:
Shall a charter commission be elected to study the charter of the Borough of Red Bank and to consider a new charter or improvements in the present charter and to make recommendations thereon?
If the referendum passes, the commission’s eventual recommendation to the council could lead to change in the form of government used by Red Bank since 1908.
If the referendum fails, the election of the commissioners would be moot. Voters may choose candidates even if they vote ‘no’ on the question about the charter study.
• Find the Red Bank ballot here.
• For information on the various ways to cast your vote, check out this article. It includes information on mail-in ballots and early, in-person voting, which begins October 23.
Information about election-related deadlines is here.
• Monmouth County election offices (300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold Township) will offer extended hours to allow voters to apply for and drop off vote-by-mail ballots. The offices will be open on Friday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, October 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• In-person, election day voting will take place at the polling stations shown below. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Note that in-person, election day voting for residents of the 1st and 8th districts will take place at borough hall (90 Monmouth Street).
• Finally, here’s a video on using Monmouth County’s new digital voting machines, which employ touchscreen technology familiar to users of smartphones and tablets:
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