On a recent campaign stop I was asked by a citizen what does it mean? He asked the question because I have it on my literature. I would like address it:
Holding of municipal and freeholder positions creates a conflict of interest, is undemocratic, concentrates power in the hands of few and encourages double or triple dipping. The practice of nominating a well connected politician to multiple public positions is unethical and is offensive to inclusive government.
It took many years and public pressure to convince some Morris County elected officials that the practice is wrong I would like to commend Freeholder Feyl for resigning his municipal job and Chegwidden for giving it a serious consideration. After all they are following the recommendation of their Republican colleague who has been introducing bills to that effect since 2002. I would like to quote Senator Kean.
“Allowing politicians to hold multiple elected positions is driving property taxes higher and higher. It concentrates power in the hands of a few and creates conflicts of interest. It frustrates the system of checks and balances between levels and branches of government, promotes pension double-dipping, amplifies pork-barrel spending and restricts the number of people involved in government at a time when we need fresh ideas.”
This is not a new concept. It took several years for 2 of the freeholders to accept the idea that it is wrong. My opponents, however, continue to disregard the public sentiment, common sense and their own leaders.
Freeholder Schrier is a Mendham Township committee member as such he holds dual elected positions. It creates a poor public perception of our Government and raises issues of accountability.
Freeholder Cabana is listed as prosecutor in 8 Morris County Municipalities according to the 2007 Morris County Manual. Morris County has many qualified lawyers. Douglas Cabana, however, contributes to local candidates in a typical pay to play scenario. This is not illegal but it creates a very poor perception of our county government. Inclusive government seeks candidates from variety of constituents and from both parties.
I recently was present at the Mt. Arlington council meeting where citizens raised concerns about the elimination of their police department. A concerned citizen indicated that Mayor Ondish accepted campaign contributions from Cabana.
I would like to contrast this behavior with that of slightly less prolific Morris County prosecutor Robert Bianchi. One of Bianchi’s first key hires was William Schievella as deputy chief of investigations. He had been a Republican councilman in Rockaway Township.
Morris County needs inclusive government representing all of our citizens regardless of party affiliation or political contributions.
Unfortunately, the nominees to the Morris County boards and commissions are highly partisan and are not representative of the will of our citizens.
I am running for the Freeholder Board to regain the trust of the voters and to eliminate any gaps in ethics and the perception of such. I am running to eliminate pay to play and to have a truly representative and inclusive government. I will open nominations to citizens of both parties and seek nominees based on qualifications and not political contributions.