To the Editor:
One of the reasons I decided to run for public office was to show the youth of my community that age shouldn’t stop you from achieving your goals.
I believe anyone, from grade-school children to those enjoying retirement, should work to better their community in their own way. I believe activism is best shown by being active in the community, not by looking for clicks on a social media website.
Our youth in Middle Township are some of the smartest and brightest individuals I have ever met. From computer coders and social media savants to community activists, these young individuals are shaped by the technological world to better the real one.
It is because of their skills and their determination for active change, that I believe we must do more to get these young men and women more involved in our government process. To do this, I believe we must focus on leading the charge in developing technology within the township that can bring the youth into the fold.
Through social media platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and a host of other sites, we can make our government more open to a younger audience. I have a few ideas on how to make this possible.
One of my goals, if elected to Middle Township Committee, is to help Middle Township capitalize on new technologies in communication. Our police department has done a great job so far leading this charge with their use of social media, but now is the time for the rest of the township to take advantage of these opportunities.
I propose for the township to work on developing a “Middle Township” app for residents. This app would provide Middle news and events, a trash and leaf pickup schedule, an employee directory, and online bill pay. It would also have a social media component to it, where it would give access to residents who have questions and concerns for the township.
I also believe it is time to give more access to the very meetings that shape policy for our town. The township should provide a live video feed of our committee meetings through YouTube, as well as a saved copy for later viewing, which would be uploaded to our website (and future app I described above.).
We could also have a live question forum from our social media feeds during public comment. This would also allow our younger residents to become more involved in our local government since many use these forums to communicate and share information. The possibilities are endless with technology.
The township developing technologies would make life easier and make government more open to our citizens. It would also help end any confusion when new ordinances are enacted in Middle Township.
Developing better communicative technology within the township would help end misconceptions while also helping stop the intense fighting we see on social media that comes with it.
It is time for our township to begin modernizing and attracting our youth to partake in our town. They are the future.
If elected, I will work to make our government more open and accessible than ever before.
ED. NOTE: The author is the Republican candidate for Middle Township Committee.