Candidate Statement: Liz Lempert

Dear Fellow Democrats,

 

Since being elected mayor in 2012, I have worked together with the Princeton Council, municipal staff, and community members to make consolidation a success, and to focus our newly unified government around the progressive values of openness, sustainability, and inclusion. I am writing to ask you for your support this Tuesday and in November.

 

Princeton’s historic consolidation has been a massive undertaking. We achieved the financial savings targets set by the Consolidation Commission and Transition Task Force, significantly reduced the size of the staff while enhancing services, and obtained a triple-A bond rating. 

 

We have focused on issues that impact the quality of daily life within our community. This has included working to tighten restrictions on home sizes and starting a comprehensive rezoning effort aimed at preserving the character of our beloved neighborhoods. I have supported other quality of life initiatives such as tour bus controls and limits on overnight operating hours of businesses next to homes in residential districts.

 

Environmental sustainability has been another top priority during my term in office.  We developed a stewardship plan for the Princeton Ridge, and were successful in permanently preserving 40 acres of land purchased largely through outside funding. Last year work began on developing a solar farm on top of the old landfill. The town is creating a comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan and is launching a joint bike share program with Princeton University, paid for through a grant.

 

Inclusion and equity have been guiding principles throughout my term in office. We have combatted wage theft, strengthening bonds with immigrant communities through clear communication about role of local police when it comes to immigration enforcement, and given our young people an official voice with the creation of a Youth Advisory Committee.

 

Please remember to vote tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7th.  Polls are open 6am-8pm. Use this link if you need to check your polling location: https://voter.njsvrs.com/elections/polling-lookup.html.

 

I have been honored to serve as your mayor, and I am proud of what we have accomplished together. I recognize that there is still much to do, and I look forward to meeting that challenge together.

 

Liz Lempert

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