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James Vassanella

Experience If incumbent, how many years have you served: 16 If not, have you held any elected position before, and if so, what: Membership in any civic organizations: I am currently very active in Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America) and an active member of St. Matthias Parish. During my six decades in Franklin, I have been very active in many organizations in our town, including The Lions Club and Little League.…Read More
Experience
If incumbent, how many years have you served: 16
If not, have you held any elected position before, and if so, what:
Membership in any civic organizations: I am currently very active in Scouts BSA (Boy Scouts of America) and an active member of St. Matthias Parish. During my six decades in Franklin, I have been very active in many organizations in our town, including The Lions Club and Little League.
Issues
What do you see as your three top issues, and how do you plan on dealing with them:
  1. Maintaining and upgrading our infrastructure, especially as it relates to our water system, roads and sidewalks, traffic and pedestrian safety, and Township parks and community centers is a high priority. I believe Council has done a very good job dealing with this responsibility. I am very active on the Council Public Works Committee and will continue to be proactive monitoring current efforts and implementing new initiatives. I will work to make our infrastructure solid and safe for the short and long term. I will continue to be an advocate for the 5th Ward, as we are the most densely populated Ward and are greatly affected by all aspects of infrastructure. One example of us being proactive in this area is having a Township wide technical review of all aspects of our roadways by objective outside experts. This will provide Franklin with relevant data, a blueprint of sorts, that will be very helpful in planning future infrastructure projects and appropriations. That review will likely be done over the next few months.
  2. Continued fiscal responsibility that keeps our taxes stable and provides the many quality services our residents deserve, is one of the most important functions of Municipal government. Council has not raised Municipal taxes in the last four years and has maintained the many services we provide to residents. I have much experience dealing with Municipal budgets. I will continue to use my experience and extensive knowledge of Municipal budgeting to make sure every dollar we spend, is spent wisely. I will continue to look for ways to improve and expand the vast array of services we provide. Some new initiatives I have been working on in this area include, a yearly township wide residential bulk pick-up and a new customer service system that better tracks residents’ inquiries and provides timely, accurate responses, and more ways that the Township can provide services to the elderly and handicapped.
  3. We need to continue to preserve open space in Franklin. Council has done a great job with preserving hundreds of acres of land over the last decade. I have been very active on the Council Land Use Committee. This Committee, along with many other responsibilities, conducts extensive reviews of opportunities and proposals to preserve land so that it will never be developed. Working closely with our Township Planner and Open Space Consultant, and in conjunction with our Open Space Advisory Board, we make recommendations to the entire Council. Most all of our recommendations and Committee work has resulted in land being preserved and void of any future development.  Using my comprehensive understanding of the physical landscape of Franklin Twp. and my knowledge of how local land preservation works, I will continue to look for every opportunity to preserve land from being developed. We need to continue to implement policies that makes sure the quality of life for our residents, remain our highest priority. We need to minimize new commercial and residential development while being supportive of our existing businesses and residential neighborhoods.
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Santhosh “Sam” Velu

Membership in any civic organizations:
  • Franklin Township Soccer Club, coach &  board member 12 years
  • St. Matthias, Employment Ministry, 10 years
  • DOL Employment Counseling Services
  • Hamilton Business District
What do you see as your three top issues, and how do you plan on dealing with them:  
  1. I believe that the present town council has put party first and the needs of Franklin residents a distant second.
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Membership in any civic organizations:

  • Franklin Township Soccer Club, coach &  board member 12 years
  • St. Matthias, Employment Ministry, 10 years
  • DOL Employment Counseling Services
  • Hamilton Business District

What do you see as your three top issues, and how do you plan on dealing with them:  

  1. I believe that the present town council has put party first and the needs of Franklin residents a distant second. I used to be a registered Democrat, but I believe so deeply that the wheels have fallen off this council’s all-Democrat bus, that I changed party to run as a Republican for Council-At-Large. We need diversity on the council to restore the public trust, and put an end to back-room dealings and party-first politics. I am relying on your support to make this happen.
  2. I’m running for Council-at-Large because Franklin is currently experiencing many challenges and it is time for fresh ideas and bold action. I believe we’re best served when public officials listen to residents, uphold the public trust, and work hard on the issues that are important to our town, including preserving open space, transparency and accountability in governance, and strong fiscal responsibility.  When elected, I will help attract businesses to Franklin, develop land responsibly (while maintaining open space), and make fiscally sound decisions.
  3. I would like to see our police department reach the number of officers required by the FBI. The safety of our community is of utmost importance to me. We will find excess money in our budget and be sure that our emergency services are well funded. I would also like to help rebuild morale within our police force.
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Devakumar Villuri

Experience If incumbent, how many years have you served: Not applicable. If not, have you held any elected position before, and if so, what: I've served as Treasurer and Secretary for voluntary and charitable organizations. Membership in any civic organizations: Member of Gideon's International Advocate for Protection of Religious Freedoms in South Asia.…Read More

Experience

If incumbent, how many years have you served:

Not applicable.

If not, have you held any elected position before, and if so, what:

I’ve served as Treasurer and Secretary for voluntary and charitable organizations.

Membership in any civic organizations:

Member of Gideon’s International

Advocate for Protection of Religious Freedoms in South Asia.

Issues

What do you see as your three top issues, and how do you plan on dealing with them:

  • Parents to be equal decision-makers in school policy and overall standards implementation.
  • Prepare Public School to compete with both private and charter schools by offering the best measurable goal-based academic experience, in addition to preparing the students to contribute positively to the community and country at large.
  • Implement behavioral incentive programs to promote the healthy pursuit of excellence across all grades both academically and in various extra-curricular programs.
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Paricia Walsh

If incumbent, how many years have you served: Served on Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2008. If not, have you held any elected position before, and if so, what: Yes, previously served as Mayor of Green Brook, Deputy Mayor of Green Brook & on the Green Brook Township Committee. Do you belong to any civic organizations: Somerset County Sexual Assault Response Team, Green Brook 9/11 Memorial Committee, Meals on Wheels, Somerset County Senior Shopper Program, American Red Cross Blood Bank, Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, Somerset County Governing Officials Association, New Jersey Federation of Republican Women, Somerset County Republican Municipal Committeewoman, New Jersey Conference of Mayors.…Read More

If incumbent, how many years have you served:

Served on Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 2008.

If not, have you held any elected position before, and if so, what:

Yes, previously served as Mayor of Green Brook, Deputy Mayor of Green Brook & on the Green Brook Township Committee.

Do you belong to any civic organizations:

Somerset County Sexual Assault Response Team, Green Brook 9/11 Memorial Committee, Meals on Wheels, Somerset County Senior Shopper Program, American Red Cross Blood Bank, Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women, Somerset County Governing Officials Association, New Jersey Federation of Republican Women, Somerset County Republican Municipal Committeewoman, New Jersey Conference of Mayors.

What do you see as your three top issues, and how do you plan on dealing with them:

My top three issues are:

  • Strengthening our economy and promoting private sector job growth;
  • Keeping our county taxes stabile, while reducing the size of government and providing quality services and;
  • Maintaining our robust county park system, preserving open space and promoting our excellent quality of life in the county.

In Somerset County, we have among the lowest unemployment rates and poverty rates in the state and our private sector economic growth is twice the state average. Our stable taxes and nationallyrdecognized Triple “A” credit rating have made our county an attractive place for private businesses to invest and expand. Protecting open space and promoting our county park system will also continue to be a focus. Lastly, I am confident that we can continue to provide quality services to our seniors, veterans and families to keep Somerset County strong, while keep taxes in check.

 

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Carl R.A. Wright

Township Council 5th Ward Top Issues and How to Solve Them
  1. Traffic: Speeding in Township
Speeding on certain streets in Franklin is an everyday issue. We need to increase the use of some types of calming devices including speed humps, (not speed bumps), rumble strips, (5 to 8 strips parallel) and speed signs which indicate current speed.…Read More

Township Council 5th Ward

Top Issues and How to Solve Them

  1. Traffic: Speeding in Township

Speeding on certain streets in Franklin is an everyday issue. We need to increase the use of some types of calming devices including speed humps, (not speed bumps), rumble strips, (5 to 8 strips parallel) and speed signs which indicate current speed. Speed humps and rumble strips are hard to use and while they are effective, no one wants them in front of their house or on their block. This issue is one of the primary reasons that I have focused on building more sidewalks on our streets. Our pedestrians, and especially our school children, need to be safe when walking along our roadways. Until we increase utilization of the above measures, reducing the problem of speeding will be especially hard.

  1. Public safety: The Township has grown and so must our Police Force.

Let’s be clear, Police Officers cost money no matter how large or small the force. The Department of Justice, has guidelines on the proper sized force based on population and crime. We need to ensure that the size of our police force can properly meet the challenges we face in Franklin Township.

3) Maintaining Streets and Parks

While everyone may not realize the extent of our road paving program, we actually spend $750,000 every year on paving/repaving our streets based on a grading system that is used by our Public Works Department. Additionally, if residents inform me of a particular road issue or I drive down a street that just doesn’t feel right, I inform the Township Manager in order to have that street checked and if necessary, placed on our list.

Regarding parks, this is always an issue. While many people focus on building new parks, and new parks are important, I also believe that it is just as important to maintain our current parks properly. Dirty areas and broken fixtures are not acceptable and I would like to increase communication with residents regarding the condition of our parks so that we can address these types of issues right away.