To the Editor:
I am Courtney Peters-Manning, and I am running as a Democratic candidate for Hopewell Township Committee. I have spent the last several months walking door-to-door, talking to residents. I have heard your concerns and what is important to you.
In talking to voters, two major concerns come up over and over again. Residents are concerned about property taxes, and they want to protect our environment and open space, which includes fighting the PennEast pipeline.
As the Director of Finance of a local business with 59 employees, an environmental lawyer by training, an experienced advocate against PennEast, and board member of FoHVOS, the LHT, the Township Planning Board, and the St. James Finance Council, I have the skills, expertise, and passion to address both of these critical issues.
I moved a lot growing up. That experience shaped me in many positive ways, but I always wished I had a community where I could dig in, plant roots, and make an impact. I have found that in Hopewell Township. My husband Tomas and I moved here ten years ago because of the Township’s rural character, open space, and its active, engaged community. We have made this our home. We are raising our two boys, ages 9 and 11, to appreciate this place on the planet and give back to the community we love.
I understand the importance of increasing public engagement in local government. I have already begun advocating for changes in public notice for Planning Board applications and in getting public input on the Open Space and Recreation Plan. I’ve knocked on over 1,000 doors. I will continue listening and getting your input on decisions big and small.
I ask for your vote on November 5.