Calcagno, McGowan running for re-election to Township Council

election-2013-buttonTownship Council members Vince Calcagno and Sheree McGowan have announced they are seeking re-election to new four-year terms on Nov. 5.

Calcagno and McGowan said they are running on the message of “Proven Community Service” and want to advance the economic strategies that have brought significant new business ratables to Robbinsville, including the global Internet retailer Amazon and pharmaceutical distributor McKesson.

These new commercial ratables helped reduce the 2013 municipal tax rate by 2 cents, but this average savings of about $76 per home was offset by increases in county and school taxes, which are the lion’s share of local property tax bills.

There are two council seats up for grabs this fall, but only the incumbents, McGowan and Calcagno, have officially announced that they are candidates. Former Councilman Dennis Shennard is also considering running, potentially setting up a contested three-way race for two seats. Shennard said this week he had not yet made a final decision on whether to run.

Sheree McGowan

Sheree McGowan

McGowan said July 18 that she was seeking re-election because she wanted to “keep the momentum” going and see several pending economic initiatives through to fruition. Specifically, she cited the ongoing work of the Robbinsville Economic Development Advisory Committee to promote local township businesses, the redevelopment effort in Town Center South, and the evaluation and selection of the various developers’ proposals for permanent municipal office space.

Both Calcagno and McGowan said Robbinsville’s government must focus on a business plan for the south side of Town Center that is fair to both commercial and residential interests. They also agreed that there is a significant need to address the evolving recreational needs for township residents of all ages.

If re-elected, Calcagno said he would continue to work with the mayor and council to curtail residential development, expand the commercial ratable base and preserve open space to ensure a proper balance. Calcagno also said July 18 he would  “look for ways to reduce the cost of providing township services, support efforts to revitalize the Route 130 corridor and develop a more commercial plan for the south side of Town Center.”

Vince Calcagno

Vince Calcagno

Calcagno was first elected to the municipal governing body in 1994 and served 10 years as a committeeman under Robbinsville’s old Township Committee form of government. He has been a councilman under the municipality’s new Mayor-Council form of government since 2009 and is currently the council vice president.

Calcagno and his family have lived in Robbinsville for nearly 25 years. A graduate of Villanova University, he earned his master’s of science degree in electrical engineering from Drexel University and is now a principal data architect at Ericsson, a global telecommunications software and consulting company. Calcagno currently serves as the Township Council’s liaison to the Senior Advisory Council and Library Committee.

McGowan was first elected to Township Council in 2009 and is running for her second term. She and her family have lived in Robbinsville for more than 20 years. McGowan earned her bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting as well as her M.B.A. from Rider University. McGowan is employed by the County of Mercer Board of Social Services and has been self-employed as a managing partner for a development company.

McGowan is currently the Township Council liaison to the Robbinsville Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Rent Leveling Board, and serves on the Robbinsville Irish Heritage Association’s parade committee. She has served on the Planning Board, Affordable Housing Committee and Cable Advisory Board.

Robbinsville municipal elections are nonpartisan, which means candidates are not nominated in political primaries as other federal, state and county officeholders are. Instead, municipal candidates secure a place on the General Election ballot by obtaining signatures of 84 registered township voters on nominating petitions. The signed petitions must be delivered to the municipal clerk by 4 p.m., Sept. 3.









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