When Election Day arrives next week there will be two seats on the Freehold Borough Council on the ballot. Councilmen Kevin Kane and Jaye Sims are being challenged by Republicans Robert Gibbons and Elizabeth Slade.
All the candidates were asked to answer the same questions about themselves and their political stances for Howell Patch.
JAYE SIMS CANDIDATE PROFILE
NAME: Jaye S. Sims
OCCUPATION: Hazardous Materials Technician, Monmouth County Health Department
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background and why you should be elected.
Jaye was born and raised in Freehold Borough. He is the son of Eva Sims and is the youngest of 3 siblings, Pamela A. Sims-Jones, Geraldine Sims and Reginald Sims, all of whom grew up in Freehold. Jaye and his wife Danielle live in his hometown because they believe in Freehold and its future. In May of 2011, Jaye and Danielle became the parents of beautiful twin girls, Mackenzie and Madison.
Jaye is employed by the County of Monmouth, Health Department. He previously worked as a fire dispatcher for the Freehold Fire Department and as a police dispatcher for the Freehold Borough Police Department. He is a member of the Freehold Fire Department, Good Will Hook and Ladder Company, where he held the positions of Captain, Leutentant, President and Secretary
Jaye was appointed to the Freehold Borough Council in June 2006. It was an historical appointment. Jaye was the first member of the African American Community to serve on the governing body. Jaye has served on the Freehold Borough Recreation Commission, The Freehold Community Drug Alliance, and is currently Council Liaison to the Freehold Borough Human Relations Committee, Library Commission, Code Enforcement, Public Safety Committee, and Land Use Committee. In January 2010, Jaye served as Council President.
In March 2012, Jaye was instrumental in the creation of the Freehold Borough Youth Council. In 2011 Jaye also served on The Freehold Borough Board of Education’s Strategic Planning Committee. Jaye is also a member of the Centra State Medical Center’s Legislative Affairs Committee. He is also a member of the New Jersey League of Municipalities Emergency Preparedness Committee. He coached for the YMCA/Borough Recreation Basketball League and served as a coach and umpire for the Freehold Borough Little League.
2. What do you think distinguishes you from other candidates? What do you bring to the table?
What distinguishes me from other candidates is one word, EXPERIENCE. What I bring to the table is my experiences as a public employee. I have over 16 years of experience in the public work sector. It is with these experiences that I am able to help makes decisions regarding public safety and personnel matters.