The Atlantic Highlands Herald invited each of the candidates for office to school boards and governing bodies in Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Middletown and Sea Bright to respond to a series of questions about themselves to better inform our readers about their campaigns. The deadline for submission is Friday, October 22. We will post their responses individually and make them available in our Politics Section.
November 2, 2021 – General Election
Profile Date: October 20, 2021
Candidate Name: Kimberly Kratz
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Age (as of Election Day): 51
Position Sought (term): Middletown Township Committee
Party Affiliation or Banner: Republican
My husband, Willis and I recently celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. We are the proud parents of two teenage sons, Luke & Jack who are police explorers in Middletown. I am a lifelong Middletown resident. I grew up in the Oak Hill section and now reside in Belford.
My parents have lived in Middletown for over 50 years. I attended all Middletown public schools growing up and graduated from High School South. I am a graduate of Monmouth University, where I earned my BS degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
For the past 22 years I have been the Business Manager for Kelly & Company, a Certified Public Accounting firm headquartered in the township. I am a partner with my husband Willis in Affordable & Reliable Home Improvements, LLC
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office:
I am a 9 year member and current Chairperson for the Middletown Municipal Drug Alliance. The Alliance works through education and awareness to prevent substance abuse, underage drinking and other at risk behaviors.
For the past eight years, I have been helping manage Project Plus, which is an after school drug and alcohol prevention program for elementary age children in Middletown. We are pleased to be offering two additional programs for our middle and high school students.
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Why are you seeking office?
I am running for Township Committee simply because I love this town. I am a lifelong resident & my husband and I chose to raise our family here. We are fortunate that because of strong local and county leadership we are able to enjoy the fruits of a safe & prosperous community. I will work hard to continue to keep Middletown the town we are proud to live in.
The two most important issues facing our (board, district, council, committee etc.) are:
My highest priority if elected is to continue to work with my colleagues on the township committee to deliver the services our residents expect while being fiscally responsible. I believe that Middletown is such a wonderful town because of the people who live here. We are fortunate to have a history of dedicated leadership. I love meeting people and over the course of my many years of volunteering in Middletown, I have worked alongside and met many.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
I believe in continuing to invest in the residents that make Middletown one of the very best places to live. Acknowledging our small business owners, expanding programs to benefit our young people and for our senior citizens. Celebrating the abundance of good that happens every day in Middletown
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
My greatest joy is being a mother to our teenage sons. Our sons are police explorers and we are proud supporters of our police department along with all of our first responders. I believe both my professional experience and my volunteer work have provided me with a balanced approach to problem solving. I have a proven decade-long history in working with different organizations in Middletown. I am the co-founder of “Middletown Backs the Blue,” an annual fundraiser to aid the Middletown Township Police Department. In addition I have served our community by delivering Meals on Wheels, teaching CCD, and volunteering at a local food pantry. I also help families advocate for school services for their children with special needs.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I truly enjoy the work I do benefitting the township and its residents. I look forward to continuing my service on a larger scale.