Candidate Statement: Tim Quinn

Dear Fellow Democrats,

 

I've so enjoyed this campaign for the Democratic nomination for Princeton Council, which has strengthened my commitment to serving everyone in Princeton. When I was a boy growing up in a working class household, I would hear my family talk with great admiration and affection about leaders like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. I've never forgotten why my family  felt this fondness: we believed these leaders somehow understood us, though we had never met. We just knew they understood our struggles and our dreams for our families, our communities and our nation.

 

With these great individuals as examples, I've learned over the years that leadership is about listening, asking the right questions, respecting the ways in which we differ and discovering the ways in which we are the same. Good leaders are relationship-builders who reflect the values of their communities. Their goal is not to be correct all the time, but to advance the greater good, which usually happens by arriving at consensus, no matter how long it takes. Many times during the campaign, I've expressed my belief that in an atmosphere of mutual respect, elected officials, community members and professionals can get a lot accomplished.

 

That has been my experience as a leader in Princeton, from my early days on the Riverside PTO through almost seven years on the elected Princeton Board of Education and three years on the Princeton Planning Board. Listening and reflecting community values extended into my professional work at Princeton Public Library, where I am part of a senior leadership team that has raised $25 million in private funding to supplement municipal support for one of our great public institutions, the one place where everyone feels welcome. I feel very fortunate to have been able to build a nationally recognized marketing and communications department where none existed before, and my success as a communicator, connecting my fellow citizens with all the library has to offer, is underpinned by deep knowledge of our community.

 

Leading an elected board that has oversight over an $80 million budget,  being part of a joint Council-Planning Board Committee looking into harmonizing our zoning ordinances and working for 16 years in what is widely known as "the community's living room" has given me a firm grasp on the solutions to the important issues Princeton faces: affordability, inclusion and preservation of neighborhood character.

 

I thank you for reading this and ask for your vote on Tuesday, June 7.

 

Best Regards,

 

Tim Quinn

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