I had a chance to chat with Eugene last week about his plans should a majority of county voters entrust him with their vote:
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a lifelong resident of Gloucester Township and live in the Erial section of the township with my family. The Lawrence family is one of the oldest and largest families in the Township’s history. I served on the Gloucester Township Council for three terms and was the liaison to the Human Relations Committee. I was also a member of the Gloucester Township Planning Board.”
Tell us more about your volunteer work.
In addition to serving 9 years on township committee, I am a former Executive Board member of the NAACP. I served as Chairman of the Camden Chamber of Commerce, sat on the boards of the Citizens for Tax Reform, the Gloucester Township Economic Development Corporation, and the World Affairs Council.”
Where did you go to school?
I was a member of the first graduating class of Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, and I graduated from Antioch University of Yellow Springs Ohio, with a degree in elementary education.”
What about your professional career?
I worked 13 years with the Gloucester Township Public Works as a supervisor and also as a union vice president. I left that position to work for Waste Management Corp. as General Operations Manager. I also worked for Household Finance Corp, Core State Bank and Walnut Leasing Corp.”
Why are you running for office in 2012?
I am running to make change in the way things are being practiced by the current board. I will focus on stopping the Metro police project designed to take over the Camden Police Dept. and smaller police Depts. along the Black Horse and White Horse pikes.
I want to encourage the Freeholder Board to participate in the anti-pay-to-play law to reduce cost of products and services used by the County. I want to fight against the costly use of county debt and limit borrowing to balance the budget and begin to rebuild our depleted reserve.
I will also work to bring in businesses to provide jobs and increase revenue. This includes reevaluate the use of dollars by economic development Commission and other major expenses in the budget.”
Any final words?
We need change. One party control for over 20 years has had a devastating effect on our County. Our taxes per household are 64% higher than Burlington County. Our expenses are 50% higher. So there is proof that we can be much more efficient, and with more efficiently we can lower taxes, which is what I pledge to do.”