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Opinion: Maplewood Democratic Committee Endorses Lembrich, Adams

On Election Day this November, there are two open seats on the Maplewood Township Committee. Nancy Adams and Greg Lembrich – Maplewood Democratic Nominees – seek your support as they look to bring a fresh perspective to our local decision making. Adams and Lembrich welcome the opportunity to speak with Maplewood residents at the Hilton Neighborhood Association Township Committee Candidates Question & Answer on Thursday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the DeHart Community Center.

The Adams-Lembrich Campaign for the Maplewood Township Committee focuses on bringing three changes to Maplewood. One, taking a close look at reducing the residential tax burden through shared services with our regional partners. Two, addressing quality of life matters in Maplewood in part through crime prevention, enhanced recycling programs, and tree replenishment. Three, responding to concerns from residents regarding Township information-sharing by strategically improving and diversifying communication methods.

“The Maplewood Democratic Committee is excited to endorse Nancy and Greg as the Township Committee Nominees for our party,” explained Ian R. Grodman, Maplewood Democratic Committee Chair, “their sound understanding of residential and business concerns coupled with their demonstrated passion to create a sustainable community is the exact talent Maplewood needs for long-term growth. We remain indebted to the devoted service by current Deputy Mayor Kathy Leventhal and Township Committee Member and former Mayor Jerry Ryan – both with terms expiring at the end of 2015.”

Both Adams and Lembrich have significant budget management experience.   With a 23 year background in New Jersey downtown revitalization and economic development, Adams has managed downtowns in South Orange, West Orange, Newark, and Red Bank, and has consulted with many other downtown and marketing organizations. She founded the College Hill Neighborhood Association over two decades ago, and was the driving force behind the major changes on Springfield Avenue, including traffic calming measures, strict design standards, and the creation of the Springfield Avenue Partnership. As Associate General Counsel for New York Life Insurance Company, Lembrich oversees outside counsel on litigation matters nationwide and manages budgets for dozens of cases at any given time.

Contributing to community is a key part of the day-to-day life of Adams and Lembrich. Adams has lived in Maplewood for 26 years, raising 5 children in the SOMA School District. She has also served on the Maplewood Planning Board for the last 6 ½ years and is a long-time member of the South Orange/Maplewood League of Women Voters, having served as President; she is also currently serving on the statewide Board of Downtown New Jersey.

Lembrich, a Maplewood resident for 8 years, is a father to a preschooler. Since 2008, he has served on a pro bono basis as the Legal Director of Four Directions, a leading Native American voter rights group.  In that role, he has successfully lobbied state and local officials in South Dakota for increased Native American access to the polls and defended voters’ rights to cast their ballot free from harassment and intimidation. In each election, Greg coordinates a large network of legal and non-legal volunteers to protect voting rights in South Dakota.

The Adams-Lembrich Campaign Committee includes Sal Renada (Nancy’s husband), Alex Carter (Greg’s wife), Mayor Vic DeLuca, former Mayor Fred Profeta, Erin Scherzer (Campaign Manager), Tom Carlson (Campaign Treasurer), former Township Committee Member David Huemer, Frank McGehee, Jaina Lally, Barbara Heisler, Stephen Sigmund, Reshma Ketkar, and Gideon Romann. “Nancy and I are humbled to have an incredibly supportive campaign team – each member with a passion to build a Maplewood that fully benefits each corner of our remarkable town,” said Lembrich. Scherzer added “our campaign team demonstrates Greg and Nancy’s desire to bring different perspectives together to build One Maplewood – a commitment that will carry with them as members of the Township Committee.”

Election Day 2015 in Maplewood is Tuesday, November 3rd with polls open from 6AM to 8PM. “The challenges facing our township extend beyond our borders,” highlighted Adams, “as voters cast ballots for Greg and me on Line A, we are strongly encouraging all to vote for the remainder of Line A in order to reelect State Assemblyperson Mila Jacey, State Assemblyperson John McKeon, Sheriff Armando Fontura, and Essex County Clerk Chris Durkin.” “Our state and county leaders play a critical role in bringing financial and policy support Maplewood,” mentioned Lembrich.

To learn more about Adams and Lembrich, please visit https://www.facebook.com/adamslembrich or https://www.greg4maplewood.com.

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