Mayor Michael Becker, City Commissioner Brenda Taube and former New Jersey Assemblyman John Amodeo are running as a team for Margate City Commission. Becker and Taube were elected in 2011 and are pursuing their second term in office. Amodeo is a longtime resident and served three terms in the NJ State Assembly.
From WIKIPEDIA: Margate City has operated under the Walsh Act commission form of municipal government since 1911. There are three commission seats, which are chosen at-large on a non-partisan basis as part of the May municipal election. Each commission seat is for a four-year concurrent term. The Mayor is then selected from among the three elected Commissioners by a vote between them and assigned to the office by resolution.
As of 2014, members of the Margate City Commission are Mayor Michael Becker (Commissioner of Public Affairs and Public Safety), Maurice “Maury” Blumberg (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance) and Brenda Taube (Commissioner of Public Works, Parks and Public Property), all of whom are serving terms of office that end May 16, 2015.
Excerpts from various press releases & news reports: Becker said the team (Becker/Taube/Amodeo) offers a unique blend of experience and a track record of success along multiple levels of government. “We are facing a number of unique challenges right now, which calls for a team that has great depth of experience, combined with an unwavering commitment to work together for the good of Margate as a whole,” he said.
The candidates said that together, they will strive for cooperation and consensus, act as leaders who are willing to open their minds to find common ground, and ensure that all options are considered and given equal weight.
Margate is home to over 6,000 diverse citizens, who hold different political affiliations and beliefs. The one thing that unites us is that we’re all striving for the best quality of life for our families and ourselves, Taube said.
Amodeo was an effective lawmaker in the state Assembly who introduced a number of significant legislative bills that greatly impacted the region, according to a recent press release. His legislative background and expertise in policy matters makes him well suited for a role on the commission as Margate squares off with the state in a number of matters, Becker said.
“People want public officials who can make a difference, and I believe I have done that for my constituents throughout the years,” Amodeo said. “Mike, Brenda and I pride ourselves on the quality of service that we’ve provided, the people we’ve helped and all the valuable experience we’ve gained working on the issues.”
“Our collective record speaks for itself,” Becker said. “And I think a good majority of people will agree that this new team is just what our city needs. A team that has always put people first – not politics.”
Join Mike Becker, Brenda Taube & John Amodeo for their first “Friend-Raiser” as they kick off their campaign for Margate Commission.
Save the Date. Tuesday, February 3rd 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Tomatoes, 9300 Amherst Avenue, Margate. Cost is $100 per person or $150 per couple and includes beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Checks payable to: Friends of Margate 2015, 414 N. Lancaster Ave, Margate, NJ 08402.