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Response to Candidate Questionnaire by Stacey Jennings

Response by Candidate for South Orange Board of Trustees:

STACEY JENNINGS

to South Mountain Peace Action Candidate Questionnaire


QUESTION #1 Over the past two years, federal spending on the war and occupation of Iraq has cost South Orange and Maplewood taxpayers an estimated $62.5 million. The cost to South Orange has been about $27.6 million, the cost to Maplewood, about $34.9 million.


REPLY BY STACEY JENNINGS:

I have my own personal feelings about the war, however my focus has to be on how it affects South Orange overall. I appreciate the fact that your group is able to bring issues like this to the forefront and I believe Trustees have to support letter writing campaigns and additional approaches to voicing our concerns to our higher government agencies and officials.

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QUESTION #2 In this era of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act, do you think a Trustee or Township Committee member has a responsibility to protect First Amendment and privacy rights of our residents, as well as to assure a safe and secure environment? How would you do this?

REPLY BY STACEY JENNINGS:

A Trustee has to encourage guidelines that protect every citizen within our town. However, we must balance our constitutional rights against extraordinary threats to our security. Additionally, we must insure that the measures deployed do not jeopardize our privacy, First Amendments and Civil Rights.

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QUESTION #3 How do you see your role as a Trustee or Township Committee member with regard to activities in the community which seek peaceful alternatives to war, such as those organized by South Mountain Peace Action?

REPLY BY STACEY JENNINGS:

As a Trustee, I would uphold your rights to assembly and peaceful protest. I would also remain mindful of the men and women in the the military who are serving our country and the family members they leave behind.

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QUESTION #4 Please discuss any additional ways that you believe the issues of war, military spending and national security impact our communities, and how you believe a Trustee or Township Committee member should address them.

REPLY BY STACEY JENNINGS:

The war has a different impact on everyone. Family members have been sent to fight this war, leaving wives and children behind; loved ones have been lost; Families are feeling economic burdens based on changes in their lives; people no longer have the freedom to travel anywhere in the world; During this time, Trustees have to be sensitized to the morale, individual strain and overall impact that the war has throughout our town and our country.

 
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