Letters: Liz Lempert Knows Today’s Princeton
The path is set… we will be a united town in a few short months, we have a “new” name (Princeton), and we need only to decide who shall be first to lead us. To me this is obvious for two reasons: First, only one candidate has been active in local politics in recent years. Princeton is not the same town it was when I first moved here 12 years ago, and it certainly isn’t the same town it was 20 years ago. Liz Lempert has been out in front of all the recent Princeton focus areas: consolidation, the new pool, affordable housing, and keeping taxes flat. Liz won’t be jumping into the middle of the consolidation effort … She is already keenly aware of what needs to get done to ensure Princeton sees the synergies that we were promised.
The second reason I will vote for Liz is her ardent support for the environment. As liaison to the Princeton Environmental Commission (PEC), Liz has been on top of sustainability since she first took office… working with the PEC to investigate options for a Parks Director, working on solutions for safer cycling, and most recently bringing people together to help keep a Green Building Checklist on the agenda of the local government.
In less than a month, Princeton takes its final step along the Consolidation journey. Join me in voting for the best possible candidate to lead us, Liz Lempert.
And it’s important for people to know that if they’d like to vote for Ms. Lempert, they need not vote for that entire slate of Democratic council candidates.
One can bullet vote: while it’s likely that they’ll all be elected, anyway, by not voting for the truly lesser candidates (particularly Crumiller and Butler, who seem wrong-headed about everything, and knee-jerk hostile to the University on every issue), a message can be sent about Princeton’s lack tolerance for a manipulative approach to local politics.
Butler, in fact, lost the PCDO’s endorsement, only to be placed on the ballot by an outdated machine, while a fine, willing, intelligent candidate, Sillars, took the hit.
Remember, by not voting for those Democratic candidates you don’t care for, you can send a message about your disagreement with their approach to local politics. Regardless of the inevitability of any outcome, I will not cast a vote for those who have performed poorly, and I encourage all of Princeton to ignore the fact of any slate, and to vote for only those candidates you respect.
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