Meet the Candidates Segment for the Week of September 8, 2013
As part of my efforts to introduce candidates to the voting public, Save Jerseyans, I started a weekly column called Meet the Candidates. In essence, it is a past day stump speech updated for the virtual world.
For this week’s column, I am honored to introduce to you to Morristown Mayoral Candidate Richard Babcock.
Mr. Babcock is a long time resident of Morristown, a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he got his B.A. in Organizational and Institutional Communications. He has 20 years in corporate management and sales in International Logistics. Currently he is a sales consultant for ADT. His political experience includes being a past candidate for Council in 2009, current Vice Chair of the Morristown Municipal Republican Committee, being a political operative, a political consultant since 1999 and former Young Republican.
My interview with Morristown Mayoral Candidate Richard Babcock:
Sanders: What makes you a more viable candidate in comparison to your challenger?
Babcock: I plan to bring a very different kind of leadership to Morristown. I believe municipal leadership must be more inclusive of the many needs and ideas that come from our very diverse community. I plan to work with the council in a very collaborative way so that, together, we can achieve what is best for Morristown’s future. We must aggressively address the spending side of the ledger. We must accelerate our study and implementation in the areas of shared services, outsourcing, and consolidation. We must streamline our services and our workforce. We must streamline government so that we can do more than just stay under the governor cap, we must do so in order to achieve meaningful property tax deceases.
Sanders: How do you feel your current profession will help you if you are elected Mayor?
Babcock: My private sector business experience will serve me well in providing experienced leadership, project management, and budgeting. I have not held public office before, which I see as a strength as I am not pre-disposed to many of the old ways of thinking that are so much a part of government. I will bring common sense and a more business style to the leadership of Morristown. My career in business has allowed me to develop diverse skills that will be of great benefit in a leadership role for Morristown.
Sanders: Your campaign slogan is “a better future for Morristown.” What will you do if elected to accomplish that?
Babcock: As I have stated above, I will be aggressive in streamlining government with the goal of attacking our debt and achieving meaningful property tax relief. I will be an inclusive leader that is not afraid to include people of any and all political views in order to arrive at the best solutions for the people of Morristown.
Sanders: If your constituents wanted to reach out to you and ask you questions about your positions or how to volunteer, whom can they reach out to?
Babcock: They can email me at Babcockformayor@mail.com.
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