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.
Candidate Name: Nicholas Babcock
Age on Election Day: 43
Position Sought: Township Committee
Party Affiliation: Democrat
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Family: Proud dad to 3 children, our family has called Middletown home for seven years.
Occupation: Small Business Owner, Authentication Services for collectibles.
Campaign Website: MiddletownStrong.org
Why are you seeking office? To make our town better for all residents, not just some residents. The Committee must represent all parts of Middletown, not just the affluent areas.
Two most important issues facing our town: The high cost of living in Middletown, particularly property taxes, is a major concern. The Perry administration’s contention that the tax rate is flat, is misleading. In reality, tax assessments on properties have increased, and when combined with even a flat tax rate results in more property taxes being paid by residents. That’s more money that could better be spent on food, healthcare, children’s education and other necessities. What needs to be done is to create a responsible municipal budget based on what is actually needed by the taxpayers, and not a budget that gets bloated and out of control simply because the real estate market is up, while hiding behind the empty phrase “tax rates are flat”. What matters is what comes out of the pocket of residents, not misleading political jargon.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform: Recreational Marijuana issue. The Township Committee unanimously voted to prohibit recreational marijana businesses from opening within Middletown limits. This decision by the committee will hurt our local economy and job creation. Middletown has empty storefronts along Routes 35 & 36. The Recreational Marijana industry can open stores in those locations if the Committee would end their ridiculous anti recreational marijuana stance. These businesses would not only help our local economy, it would also create jobs.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?: I served our nation as a Navy combat veteran. I will still uphold my oath to serve. The same sense of dedication, the same professionalism, the same leadership skills that I learned and honed in the military, I will apply to serving Middletown.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your position?: I am a pro marjuana candidate that believes in the rule of law.