Monday, November 4, 2013

Restore Galloway Democratic Council Candidate Profiles

General Election is one day away. Get out and vote on November 5, 2013. Below is the Restore Galloway Team Democratic Council Candidates Profiles of (Incumbent) Jim McElwee and new comers Bill Montag, Cliff Sudler, and Michael Suleiman

The Bio's of all Democratic Candidates were provided by the Restore Galloway Team.

Bill Montag Biography:

Bill Montag is a lifelong resident of Galloway Township. Bill grew up in Germania and attended Galloway Township Schools.  He graduated from Absegami High School in 1994.   Bill has been employed by South Jersey Gas as a Construction Supervisor of Distribution Operations for the past two years.  Prior to that, Bill spent 14 years in local government working for both the Galloway and Hamilton Township Public Works Departments.  While working for Hamilton Township, he was the Director of Public Works and still holds a Certified Public Works Manager license from the State of New Jersey.  Bill spearheaded multiple inter-local agreements with neighboring municipalities, causing a substantial saving for taxpayers.  In 2007, Montag was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) at the New Jersey League of Municipalities convention for implementing an excellent municipal stormwater program.  Bill also held the positions of region director and president of Region 7 for the Public Works Association of New Jersey.  During his tenure in local government, Bill supervised 30 or more employees while budgeting and maintaining operating expenses and capital budgets, supervising parks and recreation projects, safety coordinator, and directing special events and functions.  Bill was also a Galloway Township volunteer firefighter for the Bayview Fire Company.  Bill currently lives in the Smithville section of the township with his wife Nicole and two daughters.

Cliff Sudler Biography:

Cliff Sudler was born on November 7, 1970, and was raised in Atlantic City. He has resided in the South Egg Harbor section of Galloway Township for seven years. Cliff has been employed at the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years and currently holds the rank of Sheriff’s Officer Lieutenant. He has been assigned to various units over the course of his career, including Internal Affairs, Courts and Transportation, and the Fugitive Squad. 

Cliff is constantly attempting to make a difference in his local community. He is a former President of the Mainland/Pleasantville branch of NAACP and was appointed to the New Jersey Martin Luther King Commission in 2010. Cliff is a also member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). He has a degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and is currently working toward another degree in Private Security/BusinessManagement. Additionally, he has completed the New Jersey Certified Public Manager Level I-III course.

Michael Suleiman Biography:

A lifelong Galloway resident, Mike graduated from Absegami High School and Rutgers University - New Brunswick. In 2011, Mike joined the office of Senator Jim Whelan as a Legislative Aide, where he develops legislation and policy for the Senator, helps constituents cut through red tape in state agencies, and leads community outreach for the office. He has been recognized by various civics groups for his commitment to getting more young people involved in public service. Committed to community service, Mike is a member of the Galloway Township Superintendent’s Advisory Team, Stockton College's Veterans Advisory Board, and the Metropolitan Business and Citizens Association (MBCA). Mike has been at the forefront of advocating for more effective and efficient local government. He has been critical of the Turnpike Authority for its lack of focus on a full Garden State Parkway interchange on Route 30. A proponent of transparency and technology, Mike worked with Republicans to set up Galloway Township's social media platform to better engage the public. In March, Mike was named one of our region’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Atlantic City Weekly. Mike decided to run for council because he has the determination, enthusiasm and vitality to make Galloway an even better place to live and raise a family.

Jim McElwee Biography:

Jim was born in Aston Township, Pennsylvania and moved to New Jersey at the age of 16.  He is a graduate of Lakewood High School and the Ocean County Vo-Tech Institute and has lived in Galloway for 16 years.  Jim is a supervisor for the SJTA at Atlantic City International Airport responsible for all transportation services including parking and shuttle services and leads a team of dedicated employees that work directly with the traveling public to assist them in their needs. Before his election to council in 2012 he was an active member of the community who regularly attended Galloway Township council meetings in order to observe first hand the way business is conducted by the Council and to listen to the issues presented by the residents. This preparation allowed him to transition onto Council with an ability to immediately work within the framework of the Council setting.  Prior to being elected to Council, Jim was a member of the Galloway Township Zoning Board. Currently Jim is a member of the Superintendent’s Advisory Team advocating for quality education for the children of Galloway.  As a representative of the people, Jim takes the opportunity to attend numerous community functions in the township which affords him the chance to speak with residents in an informal setting and to learn the things that are on their minds: their concerns, wants, and desires for themselves and their families. 

Since being elected in November 2012 to fill the remainder of an unexpired term, Jim has worked diligently and
successfully on township issues and resolutions in a fair and bi-partisan manner and as a result of that experience, he has decided to run for a full term on Council so that he can continue to work on the issues important to him and the people of Galloway.  Jim recognizes that in order for Galloway to be the best community it can be, two things are crucial going forward:  ensuring that spending by the township is carefully managed and bringing new business and the resultant ratables and jobs to the community.


Anonymous said...

See what Purdy has done in Galloway. Watch this.

Anonymous said...

I don't trust these guys.

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