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EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Four candidates are seeking two open seats on the five-member Township Committee in the general election Tuesday, Nov. 7. Each seat is for a three-year term.

Incumbent Republicans Paul Hodson and Laura Pfrommer are facing challenges from Democrats Nadine Flynn and Maria Italiano-McGreevy.

The Current asked the candidates to provide background information and answer a few questions. The information below is culled from their responses.

Nadine M.V. Flynn

Democrat

Highest level of education: B.S., University of Illinois; U.S. Army Command and General Staff College

Current employment: Retired

Previous elected office: None

Why are you running?

Egg Harbor Township failed its citizens who were forced into foreclosure and who are struggling under the weight of excessive property taxes. If representative democracies don’t work for the citizens, citizens become open to sacrificing their freedom to autocrats offering “solutions.” I want to make EHT government work by fixing the persistent property tax problem.

What do you consider to be the two most important issues the committee will face in the upcoming term?

High property taxes and the opioid crisis.

What skill set do you bring to the table?

1. Leadership: I am a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, and, as a manager at AT&T, won a regional award for engaging union workers in productivity improvements. Leadership will be needed to promote the shared services that are one key to reducing the cost of government.

2. Auditing: I have 18 months' experience conducting audits at AT&T, and at my last job at an IT firm I uncovered an embezzlement scheme that had run for over a decade.

3. Knowledge of international best practices for providing services, supplier management, and developing new products and services.

4. Quality engineering: I am certified in this specialty which calls for not only doing things right (at minimum cost for maximum value) but also doing the right things in the first place. I can be counted on to address the root causes of problems and not waste money on treating the symptoms. For instance, we need to fiercely attack the opioid crisis beginning not with the users, but with the greedy drug companies and those who prescribe the drugs.

To which volunteer or professional organizations do you belong?

I volunteered as an emergency medical technician for two years. I served as a reservist for 17 years while advancing in a demanding career. I am a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association. I am a Rutgers Environmental Stewards alumni.

Do you anticipate any potential conflicts of interest if you are elected to committee?

No.

Final thoughts?

I sincerely believe that I can deliver on lower taxes or I would not be running.


Paul Hodson

Republican

Highest level of education: Associate degree in criminal justice from Atlantic Cape Community College; USAR Command and General Staff College.

Current employment: Project manager at HBC Management Company Armed Security at FAA Tech Center, March 2000 to present.

Previous elected office: Egg Harbor Township Committee 2005 to present; Egg Harbor Township school board 2003-2005; president of Egg Harbor Township Kiwanis Club; president of PBA Local 77 1988-1992.

Why are you running?

I am devoted to this community as I have lived here for 36 years. I wish to continue serving on Township Committee so I can follow through on the improvements we have made to better our hometown. I have always been involved in community service from my early years as a Somers Point police officer coaching youth sports. I continued to be involved when my own children were involved in youth athletics.

What do you consider to be the two most important issues the committee will face in the upcoming term?

Balancing the excellent services that we provide to our community while trying to maintain cost cutting policies to keep taxes under control.

What skill set do you bring to the table?

6. Based on my experiences as a law enforcement officer and as a retired lieutenant colonel in the USAR, I bring a wide variety of skill sets to the table. I listen, I investigate, I hear both sides and am openminded, fair and reasonable.

To which volunteer or professional organizations do you belong?

Egg Harbor Township Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post 352 Somers Point, AMVETS Post 0911, Egg Harbor Township Veterans Advisory Board, lifetime Member of PBA Local 77.

Do you anticipate any potential conflicts of interest if you are elected to committee?

No.

Final thoughts?

I hope you will put your faith and confidence in our team and vote Hodson Pfrommer for Egg Harbor Township Committee. Thank you.


Maria Italiano-McGreevy

Democrat

Highest Level of Education: Ph.D. in Spanish, Temple University

Current Employment: Spanish teacher, Cape May County Technical High School

Previous Elected Office: None

Why are you running?

Egg Harbor Township needs new blood and a refreshing outlook on the direction our township is heading. EHT deserves someone who is willing to ask the difficult questions and to hold herself and others accountable for the decisions made on behalf of the community. I want to cultivate an environment that supports existing businesses, both large and small. I want to make a difference in the community that I choose to call my home.

What do you consider to be the two most important issues the committee will face in the upcoming term?

Property taxes need to be decelerated by finding ways to curb spending without sacrificing services. The opioid epidemic is destroying communities and families.

What skill set do you bring to the table?

First, I am able to see the “big picture” and take into account long-term goals. I recognize that there are alternate approaches to accomplishing a goal. Second, I know how to conduct research to make an informed decision based on evaluated data. Third, I am persistent, a skill that served me well in completing the dissertation requirement of my Ph.D.

To which volunteer and professional organizations do you belong?

I serve on the executive boards of EHT Soccer Club (since 2013) and EHT Junior Wrestling (since 2015). This year, I began to volunteer at the Parish of St. Katherine in the religious education department, preparing seventh-graders to receive their next sacrament. In addition, I have worked with various national dog rescue organizations and have conducted home visits to ensure safe placement of rescue dogs. I am also a member of the NJEA.

Do you anticipate any potential conflicts of interest if you are elected to committee?

No.

Final Thoughts?

I have lived a life of service, both in my chosen career and in my volunteerism. Serving the community of Egg Harbor Township would be an honor.


Laura Pfrommer

Republican

Highest Level of Education: B.A., Stockton University

Current Employment: Accounting professional

Previous Elected Office: EHT Committee

Why are you running?

I am running to continue keeping EHT a great place to live, raise a family and retire.

What do you consider to be the two most important issues the committee will face in the upcoming term?

Throughout my tenure, we have held the line on municipal taxes, adding services while keeping a tight rein on expenses. We implemented cost-efficient ways to promote shared services through technology, bringing in additional revenue while saving taxpayer dollars. We have been proactive on joining co-ops allowing for reduced costs and changing insurance plans to offer additional savings and restructuring debt. 

What skill set do you bring to the table?

My accounting background enables me to understand and work on the budget, identifying areas of strength and weaknesses. I am a people person, and strongly believe that when we talk and listen to people, we can fix or avoid future issues. I have done this for EHT by organizing foreclosure and unemployment events, as well as coordinating meetings between recreation programs and officials to ensure families have support from their leadership.

To which volunteer and professional organizations do you belong?

Member of EHT Planning Board and a founding member of EHT Green Team. I’ve served on EHT Zoning Board and Economic Development Commission. Current member of the Business Honor Society at Stockton University.

Do you anticipate any potential conflicts of interest if you are elected to committee?

No.

Final Thoughts?

It has been one of my greatest honors to serve the residents of EHT. We have a government that is open and transparent, and as we move forward we need good people that know the township issues. I have been a resident here for over 34 years and my children are a product of 13 years of EHT schooling. I understand the issues facing us and bring a different perspective to the table. I will work tirelessly to make life better for all of us.

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