Two seats are up for grabs on the Cranbury Township Committee. Democratic Mayor Glenn Johnson and Republican Committeeman Dan Mulligan are running for reelection to regain their position. Democrat Joseph Buonavolonta and Republican Tom Connolly are also running for the three-year terms on the Committee.
All of the candidates were asked to answer the same questions about themselves and their political stances for East Windsor Patch. Patch will be running these candidate profiles up until the election.
NAME: Glenn Johnson
EDUCATION: BA in English, University of Iowa
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background and why you should be elected.Over the past 29 years I have worked in medical practice management and for a company that provides information to people in the investment field. I served on the Cranbury Zoning Board of Adjustment for approximately five years, I serve on the Cranbury Planning Board now, and I am serving as Cranbury's Mayor for 2013. I am an active member of the Cranbury United Methodist Church and the Cranbury Lions Club. I've been married to my wife Phyllis for 38 years.
2. What do you think distinguishes you from other candidates? What do you bring to the table?As an incumbent about to complete my first term, I bring experience to the table. I have worked on and helped adopt three annual budgets during difficult financial times. The strong, steady leadership provided by the Township Committee brought our town through the tough times in good shape. Today Cranbury delivers to its residents the same services it did before the real estate bubble burst.
3. What are the most pressing issues facing the community today? How would you approach and resolve these issues?Our most pressing problem is improving our tax base. At present projects have been approved by our Zoning and Planning Boards for warehouses, hotels, banquet facilities, and retail complexes. When these projects are completed, they will help our tax situation enormously. I have been assisting a retailer who wants to locate in Cranbury to find a suitable location. My colleagues and I have met with builders concerning the redevelopment of three parcels in our town for mixed use. We recently amended our zoning ordinances to allow adult daycare centers in non-residential zones. Cranbury is very interested in attracting businesses and helping them succeed.