Dear Editor,

Two weeks ago, I accepted the Middletown Democrats' offer to join their ticket and seek a seat on the Township Committee.  All my life, I've considered myself a Republican.  However, the reckless policies of the local GOP majority led me to conclude that my conservative views on taxes, spending, and borrowing were not being represented by the all Republican Township Committee.

I am not a politician.  I am a wife, mother, and longtime volunteer with Lincroft First Aid.  I am running in this year's election because it's time to depart from "politics as usual."  I oppose handing no bid contracts to politically connected friends.  I favor increased transparency and believe there is a way to cut spending without jeapordizing our first class police department and parks programs.

Unless we pay closer attention to our municipal expenses, we may one day find ourselves asking where we were when things went off track, where did the money go, and when did the quality of life in Middletown begin to slip?  By that time, it will be too late.

In the months ahead, I look forward to meeting with as many residents as I can.  I believe the surest way to understanding the concerns of working families and seniors is to knock on doors and listen first hand.  My running mate Jim Grenafege and I intend to do just that.

Sincerely,

Carol Fowler
Lincroft, NJ