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.
Robert Gibbons CANDIDATE PROFILE
NAME: Robert Gibbons
OCCUPATION: Regional Manager for Sparkling Pool Services
1. Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your background and why you should be elected.
I was born and raised in a neighboring town where I was the youngest of 12 people that called that house a home. Growing up being so close to my family was a true blessing.
In my 20s I followed in my grandfather's footsteps and became a third generation iron worker for local 46 in manhattan. When the work dried up I started my own small business and also started working with Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle combating bullying. Over the past year I've started writing a series of children's books with the first due to be published this winter.
Currently I am also a regional manager for sparkling pool services. I believe I should be elected because I know I can do it better then it has been done in the past. Crime rates are up and taxes are up in freehold Borough and we cannot take much more as a community. The old guard in this town has had their chance and they have failed us.
2. What do you think distinguishes you from other candidates? What do you bring to the table?
The differences between me and the candidates I am running against is very clear. They are complacent in all aspects of their responsibilities. They believe the positions that they hold, they are entitled to. I Bring a tremendous knowledge of team building and determination to the table. I see the things that have to be done and I will get them done. I'm Not running for office to represent a party, I am running for office to represent our fine town.
I will have meetings with law enforcement and business owners to make sure that this town is running the way it should be. I will do everything I can to make sure main street has at 100% occupancy. I Will do everything I can to make sure business owners in this town get as many breaks as humanly possible.
I will never vote for any kind of Fee, fine, or tax increase ever! I believe in term limits. Term limits would force the elected officials to actually get things done instead of just assuming they're going to stay in their positions forever! I have tremendous faith in this town but I know we can do better. We can always do better. Unlike Councilman Sims saying, "We are maintaining the status quo in the quality-of-life here" we all know that is a lie and the status quo is not good enough anymore.