Analyze the Facts for Yourself
Why do those who oppose Jo Butler’s re-election to the Princeton Council feel it necessary to distort the facts? If you look at the true, undistorted facts you will be compelled to vote for Jo.
A recent letter to the Editor from two long time Princeton residents and political insiders concluding that there is “overwhelming” support for Jo’s opponents contains several inaccuracies that need to be corrected. All three candidates for Council have the exact same status as a result of the endorsement meeting of the Princeton Community Democratic Organization. All received the 40 % of the votes necessary to be “Recommended.” Not one received the 60% necessary to be “Endorsed.” Plain and simple there is no “overwhelming” result that can be ascribed to either the vote of the Municipal Committee (where the margin of victory was three votes) or the PCDO.
Furthermore, the PCDO is a political club whose members must pay dues to vote. While its goals may be lofty, one should not place undue stock in an organization that represents fewer than 5 percent of the registered Democratic voters and an even smaller percentage of all eligible voters in the Democratic Primary. (Unaffiliated voters can declare party affiliation at the polls on June 3rd and vote for Jo in the Democratic primary)
Other letters to the Editor from Princeton’s old time establishment contain factually misleading endorsements and meaningless bromides. For example they repeat hearsay, from one of Jo’s rivals that meetings are interminable because of Jo. Meetings may take a little longer than Jo’s opponents might like because she resists their attempts to push through items without debate on a consent agenda, because she argued long and hard for a conflict of interest policy, because she wouldn’t vote to overpay the town attorney. She had the audacity to ask to see the attorney’s contract before voting on it.
Apparently some supporters of Jo’s rivals would prefer that in the interests of collegiality she give her unthinking proxy to her colleagues. We pay the salaries of six council members; we are entitled to six independent votes. Each council member should have the strength and courage to run, be elected, and vote independently. Each voter should cast an independent thinking vote.
Those who know the facts and are capable of analyzing those facts for themselves are voting to re-elect the one truly independent Democratic candidate for Princeton Council, Jo Butler. Why do those who oppose Jo Butler’s incisive questioning of often hurried undeveloped proposals want to silence her? Vote like the independent thinking voter that you know you are. Read and head the letters of Peter Marks and Alain Kornhauser, independents who urge you to vote for Jo. They cite the undistorted facts supporting her re-election. Please join us and the other independents and independent Democrats who will vote to re-elect Councilwoman Jo Butler in the Democratic primary on Tuesday June 3rd.
Alice K. and Joseph C. Small
Butler an Advocate for Smart Development
To the Editor:
In their March 30 debate, the three Democratic candidates for Princeton Council were asked to name the most important issue facing Princeton. Incumbent Jo Butler named affordability. Indeed, she is the only candidate who has voted to lower property taxes.
Bernie Miller, running with Sue Nemeth as a slate, wanted a thriving downtown. But our downtown is thriving, as everyone knows who has actually tried to park there—especially on weekends.
Nemeth, finally, named zoning as Princeton’s most important issue. What did she mean? On walkableprinceton.com, each candidate answered other questions, including: “With 21,000 people driving into town to work, what should Princeton do to reduce vehicle-miles-traveled?”
Yes, 21,000! Butler stressed mass transit as well as convenient walkways. Nemeth and Miller both said that zoning should “encourage modest increases in housing density in downtown re-development projects” so more people can live near work (Nemeth).
Butler replied that development means asking “whether our infrastructure will support the density,” considering “the impact on surrounding neighborhoods,” and predicting the burden on “our already congested streets.”
Many people believe that development brings higher tax revenues. But development also requires more infrastructure, parking, and police. New housing, in particular, may bring more schoolchildren, who eventually need more teachers, classrooms, even schools.
Meanwhile, Sue Nemeth claims that Jo Butler has targeted our school budget. Nonsense. First, Council doesn’t oversee the school budget directly. Second, by scrutinizing new development, Butler will help safeguard our school budget indirectly.
If you know anywhere near downtown where you’d like another Avalon Bay, vote for Nemeth and Miller in the June 3 Democratic Primary. I support Jo Butler.
Anne Waldron Neumann