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: 21 October 2021
Candidate Name: Erwin W Bieber
Age (as of Election Day): 61
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Position Sought (term): Councilman in Sea Bright
Party Affiliation or Banner: Republican
Family: Married to my wife Jody for 38 years, I have 2 Daughters, and 4 grandchildren
Education: Bachelors of Electrical Engineering
Occupation: Retired Business Executive. I have run large successful global businesses over a 40 year career
Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office: None
Campaign Website or Facebook page: Website: strongseabright.com FB: Keeler and Bieber
Why are you seeking office? I love the town of Sea Bright, I have relevant experience to help the town, and have the time and energy to dedicate in order to move Sea Bright forward consistent with our resident’s vision of what they want Sea Bright to become.
The two most important issues facing our (board, district, council, committee etc.) are Fiscal Responsibility to limit property tax increases, and Responsible Development, and this is what I intend to do about it.
The first important issue I would identify is the need to apply increased fiscal responsibility to ensure that our taxpayers get good value for their property taxes paid. As we know as New Jersey residents, this is a major problem impacting affordability across the state and Sea Bright is no different. I see three primary methods to limit the cost of our local government which include reviewing our annual budget in detail and confirming the benefit of expenditures, finding new methods to raise revenue other than on the homeowners backs, and assessing the potential of a school realignment to get us out of the extremely costly arrangement we presently are in with Shore Regional and Oceanport education systems. I will personally engage in these areas to bring new ideas and renewed energy and commitment to challenge every dollar spent.
Secondly, we have seen significant development which is challenging our ability to accommodate the residents and thousands of visitors that come to our town. I will work with the Council and Planning Board to develop, maintain, and implement a long range strategic plan which will establish a vision for what we want our town to become. We have to accept and embrace change, but it has to be done in a responsible way which reflects the desire of our residents. I am not in favor of large high rises as traffic is already a challenge and our infrastructure has its limitations. I will support a diligent review of each proposed project to fully understand its positive and negative impacts on our town.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Sandy devastated our town and showed us that a significant risk/challenge for us is future storms. I believe that additional work is required to establish an enhanced emergency plan including bulkhead restoration, beach replenishment, infrastructure strengthening, disaster recovery planning, and pursuit of Grants. While we cannot resolve all of our vulnerabilities at once, more aggressive multi-year planning and implementation is required. I am passionate to lead the effort to better protect us for the future.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
Over my 40 year career, I have held senior positions in Engineering, Program and Financial Management, Shared Services deployment, Government Relations, and senior business management of both domestic and international businesses. I have significant experience in complex program oversight and leading large groups of internal employees and industry partners. In addition I have served on both business and non-profit executive boards to help develop strategy and guide implementation. Lastly, I have spent the last 2 years attending Sea Bright town council and planning board meetings to understand the key issues of our town along with talking with hundreds of residents to have an appreciation of the concerns and priorities for Sea Bright. I am a leader who understands that it is essential that you have a clear understanding of the priorities of those you serve to be effective and that is exactly what I will do once I am on our town council.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
My primary reason for seeking the position of Sea Bright Councilman is due to my love of our town. We are proud to call Sea Bright our home and love sharing our love for the town with our children, grandchildren, and friends.
I do not have any special interests other than our town and I can lead on the important issues of Sea Bright without having to recuse myself due to conflict of interest. I believe that says much about a candidate as we want to ensure that none of our town leaders are conflicted on subjects important to the betterment of Sea Bright.