MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Democratic Party announces Ms. Linda Baum as its candidate for Township Committee.  Ms. Baum will be seeking the one seat up for a vote in this November’s election.

Middletown Democratic Party Chairman Joe Caliendo stated, "Linda Baum is an exciting candidate.  She is an extremely dedicated person with exceptional analytic skills.  We look forward to the good work Linda will do when she is a member of the Middletown Township Committee.” 

Ms. Baum holds a BS in mathematics from St. John’s University with a concentration in computer science and has obtained the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.  She has credit for several actuarial exams and numerous years of actuarial experience in various property-casualty insurance lines.  From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Baum administered the New Jersey Workers Compensation Security Fund, which provides a safety net to businesses and injured workers in the event of insurance company bankruptcy.  In that role, she was the point of contact for the Fund’s claims handlers, members of the industry and public, receivers, and other guaranty associations.  Currently, Ms. Baum manages the actuarial division of the Compensation Rating & Inspection Bureau in Newark, NJ.

Ms. Baum is an outspoken advocate for government transparency and fiscal accountability.  “Middletown has lacked financial oversight and long-term planning for many years.  These things are critically needed in order to bring property taxes under control,” she said.

Ms. Baum strongly supports the formation of a Finance Committee, which she says is “the right body to fully investigate ideas for cost savings or revenue generation that may help to stabilize or even reduce our property tax burden.” 

An 18-year resident and regular attendee at Township meetings, Ms. Baum has worked diligently to be knowledgeable about Township operations and programs, and has spent numerous hours speaking to residents and reviewing Township documents in order to educate herself on these matters.  She has observed that there is a limited flow of information to the public and often a failure to timely inform residents about important issues affecting them.  “Much greater transparency is needed,” she said. 

“Many improvements are needed in Middletown’s governance.  If elected, I commit to bringing greater transparency, accountability, and integrity to the Township Committee to ensure that Middletown is the Township of choice for all.”