TapInto’s latest in its series on this year’s incumbents on the ballot for Council focuses on Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Stamler, a fierce advocate for the residents of the place she was born and raised. Read the full article by clicking on this link


How long have you lived in Scotch Plaiins?
I am a lifelong resident (all 35 years) of Scotch Plains, earned a Master’s Degree in Accounting from NJ City University (2016) and a BS in Criminology from the College of NJ (2009). My family includes my partner, Seth; mother, Jeanne; and brother, John Dennis. I also have two dogs, Annie and Scout, and a foster dog or two from time to time.

Why are you running for reelection to Council?
I am running for another term on Town Council because I want to continue the momentum and progress that my running mates and I are making in Scotch Plains. It is hard to believe four years have passed by so quickly, but I believe there is still more work to do.

Tell us about your career and how your work and life experience will be beneficial.
I have spent my career in public service, so I know how to listen. I truly value the diversity of opinions that people bring to Council meetings or when they contact me to discuss issues in the town. I know they are reaching out to share their ideas because of how much they care about our town. In canvassing this year, I have heard from many residents about how we should do this or try that, and while it is not all feasible, it is always worthwhile considering different points of view because ultimately, we want to do what’s most beneficial for Scotch Plains.

What are the issues that you think are most important in Scotch Plains this year?
What I am hearing most on doorsteps is that residents desire to carefully watch town spending and know about the future of downtown. Many people want to see our downtown revitalized, but want to know how much will change and at what cost. I agree with these concerns, but I also know that this has been a long time coming and that nothing worth having comes easily. I think it’s extremely important to have new ratables in town, so the high tax burden is not solely on the backs of our residents. There is a high cost for living in this town. I think that’s one thing we can all agree on. We do have a very safe town, however, and top-rated schools (which is where ~67% of the tax bill goes!).

What should people know about you that they might not know already? 
People should not hesitate to get involved in town issues. Your voice truly does matter and every opinion holds value. Please always reach out to your council members with ideas, questions, and concerns you may have. And don’t forget to vote on Nov. 8!

Favorite music?
The Eagles, Zac Brown Band, Motown

Anything else you would like to say?
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