To the Editor:
My name is Courtney Peters-Manning, and I’m running for Hopewell Township Committee to promote fiscal responsibility, environmental preservation, and positive, civil dialogue.
Our community is facing important issues. We must keep municipal taxes under control. We must protect our rural character by continuing to preserve open space, closely managing development, and fighting to keep the PennEast pipeline from decimating private and preserved lands in the Township.
After many years of working as an environmental lawyer, and now running the finances of small school, I got involved in local politics because I want a more positive, civil, and inclusive dialogue. Based on my listening tour this summer, I’ve found that Township residents agree more than we disagree on most local issues. But when we disagree, I hope we can discuss it respectfully. As a candidate for Hopewell Township Committee, I pledge to listen to anyone who wants to engage in a constructive way, and if elected, I will respect and hear all constituents, whether we agree or disagree.
I care deeply about Hopewell Township, where my husband Tomas and I have firmly put down our family’s roots and are raising our two boys in this active and engaged community. Everywhere I go, I meet people who care about our shared place on the planet and the people in it. I love this community, from Pennington Day to the Harvest Festival, from preserving Baldpate mountain to providing meal trains when friends have babies or lose loved ones. I am on the boards of the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) and the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, and I serve on the finance council for St. James Church. Professionally, I am the Director of Finance and General Counsel at the Cambridge School in Pennington, which my parents founded in 2001 to help children with learning differences. I am responsible for all budgeting, keeping expenses under control, and managing cash flow and payroll. I know what it means to keep within a budget in order to make payroll every two weeks, which is a skill I will bring with me to the Township Committee.
I have been going door to door all summer and will continue my listening tour of the Township this fall, knocking on doors to hear what your concerns are for Hopewell Township’s future. If I miss you, please contact me at email@example.com, or see my Facebook page with my running mate, Mayor Kristin McLaughlin, at facebook.com/CourtneyandKristin. I look forward to talking with you, and I promise to take what you say to the Township Committee if elected. I humbly ask for your vote on November 5.