To the Editor,
The June 5th primary will be here before we know it and it is time to take a serious look at the candidates and what assets they can bring to the Princeton Council.
I am writing to strongly endorse Dwaine Williamson: he can provide competence, experience, and a proven ability to work with others to reach a consensus. These are important and needed qualities. Heather Howard and Lance Liverman, who are leaving Council, brought both legal expertise and years of community involvement: their experience will be missed as they exit the Council.
Dwaine brings experience both in town government, serving on the Planning Board at a key time for our town, and in other leadership positions both in Princeton and Mercer County. As a member of the Planning Board, he has worked on issues of neighborhood character and factors influencing affordability. He chaired the committee to harmonize borough and township ordinances into a single code for our consolidated community. This will be valuable experience as the town moves to implement affordable housing.
I served with Dwaine on the Princeton Community Democratic Organization (PCDO) Executive Committee and saw his leadership qualities as he quickly moved to the position of first vice president. He received the support of the organization at their recent meeting and passionately spoke of his commitment to Princeton and his vision for a sustainable and inclusive town. He recognized challenges of keeping a viable commercial sector and addressing affordability issues for longtime residents and young families.
Dwaine embodies the American dream. He was born in Jamaica and emigrated at a young age with his family. He grew up in Mercer County and graduated from Trenton High before going on to Georgetown and then receiving a Law degree from Rutgers. He is a lawyer in private practice with a focus on finance. He has lived in Princeton for 20 years and has been active in the community.
As an immigrant himself, he is a strong supporter of Princeton’s commitment to being a welcoming community with diverse and stable neighborhoods.
I am delighted that Dwaine decided to run for the Princeton Council. I believe he will be a great asset.
Mt. Lucas Road
To the Editor:
When I was first informed that Dwaine Williamson would run for one of the seats on Princeton Council, my immediate response was that he would certainly have my support.
That was my response because I know Dwaine and have had the opportunity to work with him over the past few years on the Princeton Planning Board, with PCDO matters, and in other venues.
I know him to be committed, responsible, and totally dedicated to making Princeton work for all of us. He has demonstrated the ability to listen and absorb before expressing an opinion; to do his homework; and he presents as a fair-minded and level-headed person who would continue to demonstrate those qualities as a councilperson.
Were you to get the opportunity to know Dwaine, to hear his extraordinary personal history of moving to this country after his birth, of his educational background here in Princeton and beyond, and his civic contributions to Princeton, I am sure you would be as impressed as I am.
There are many issues to be addressed by Princeton Council in the future and it is my hope that Dwaine will be one of the leaders making those decisions on our behalf. Please vote with me to support Dwaine Williamson on June 5.
Mildred T. Trotman
Former Mayor – Princeton Borough
As someone deeply committed to our town, I promise to represent you, and the Democratic values we share, as I use my knowledge and experience to confront the challenges we face.
I emigrated with my family from Jamaica as a young child and grew up in Trenton. After graduating from Trenton High School, I attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in International Politics. After some years in the investment business, I earned my Juris Doctor degree from Rutgers University School of Law in Newark and have made my career as an attorney in private practice.
In 1998, I moved to Princeton with my wife, Trina, an elementary school teacher. Living in Princeton is a dream I could never have imagined possible. We are so proud of our three children, all of whom were born and raised here, who have benefitted from their experience in Princeton Public Schools. Dwaine Jr. played football at Princeton High School and went on to Rutgers, where he graduated cum laude and now serves our country as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. My daughters, Leah and Raina, are students at PHS. Leah serves on the Municipal Youth Advisory Committee and looks forward to attending Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall.
I serve on the Princeton Planning Board, on the front lines of working to preserve neighborhood character while facilitating smart, environmentally and economically responsible municipal growth. While on the board, I have enjoyed collegial and productive relationships with Council President Jenny Crumiller and Councilmen Tim Quinn and David Cohen. I chair the board’s Zoning Amendment Review Committee (ZARC), leading the difficult work of harmonizing former borough and township ordinances into a single code that make sense for a consolidated community.
Until announcing my candidacy this January, I served as First Vice President of the PCDO where together we made history by turning New Jersey’s 16th Assembly District blue with the election of Assemblymen Andrew Zwicker and Roy Freiman. I am also the District 22 Committeeman for the Princeton Democratic Municipal Committee. One of my greatest joys in recent years has been volunteering, along with my wife, for Committed and Faithful Princetonians, a social and academic support group for local youth, run by Fern and Larry Spruill. Another is serving on the Advisory Board for the Witherspoon-Jackson Development Corporation.
Princeton is a town with many advantages, yet steep challenges persist in order for these advantages to be shared equitably. I seek the opportunity to work productively with Mayor and Council, municipal staff, and the town’s advisory boards, committees and commissions to provide evidenced-based, cost-effective solutions.
I pledge to be a responsible steward of our public funds, working to find the right balance between maintaining excellent municipal services and limiting increases in the municipal portion of your property tax bill. We must ensure that contributions from our town’s tax-exempt institutions are fair and appropriate. The University’s existing PILOT should serve as a starting point for enhancements that benefit both town and gown.
Bold leadership is needed to ensure the viability of our commercial sector and to keep Princeton affordable for residents aging-in-place, as well as for young families and those seeking to move here. Creating a network of walkable, bike-friendly streets between residential neighborhoods, our schools, and the vibrant downtown core, is essential to keep us all safely connected.
As an immigrant in a nation of immigrants, I am proud to support Princeton’s firm commitment to remain a welcoming community.
I pledge to remain accessible to you so that together we create a town which reflects our vision and values. It would be my greatest honor to serve as your representative on Princeton Council.
As your representative on Princeton Town Council, I will bring a balanced and thoughtful approach to addressing our most urgent concerns. I welcome your thoughts and input on the following key issues. Feel free to reach out by clicking here.
PRUDENT STEWARDSHIP OF OUR MUNICIPAL FINANCES
I pledge to be a responsible steward of our public funds, working to find the right balance between maintaining excellent municipal services and limiting increases in the municipal portion of your property tax bill.
MAKING PRINCETON AFFORDABLE
Princeton has a long and impressive commitment to building affordable housing. The recent ruling by Judge Jacobson offers us an opportunity to continue that tradition using a smart-growth, environmentally responsible approach. We must also go beyond the court mandate to ensure that middle class families can both move into and remain in Princeton.
SUPPORTING LOCAL MERCHANTS
Bold leadership is needed to ensure the viability of our commercial sector and to keep Princeton affordable for residents aging-in-place, as well as for young families and those seeking to move here.
Sustainability is a way of thinking that considers not just the environmental impact of every decision we make, but the social and economic as well. It is about getting the right balance between these.
As a community we must be proactive in working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Princeton’s Climate Action Plan provides a way for us to measure our progress, and to ensure that our infrastructure is better prepared to withstand the impact of climate change. On Council I will be an active participant in this process.
CREATING A WALKABLE, BIKEABLE TOWN
Creating a network of walkable, bike-friendly streets between residential neighborhoods, and our schools and vibrant downtown core, is essential for keeping us all safely connected.
AFFIRMING A WELCOMING COMMUNITY
I am an immigrant in a nation of immigrants and proud to support Princeton’s firm commitment to remain a welcoming community.
STRENGTHENING THE TOWN-GOWN RELATIONSHIP
We must ensure that contributions from our town’s tax-exempt institutions are fair and appropriate. The University’s existing PILOT should serve as a starting point for enhancements that benefit both town and gown.
- The LWV-hosted debate among the six Democratic candidates for Princeton Council can be watched through Princeton Community TV, on Comcast Channel 30 and Verizon’s FIOS Channel 45 at each of the following times:
- May 8 at 8 pm
- May 12 at 10 am
- May 13 at 9 pm
- May 15 at 4 pm
- May 18 at noon
- May 19 at 8 pm
- Residents Supporting Planning Board Member Dwaine Williamson for Princeton Council: Town Topics, 4/25/18
- Candidate profile: Williamson brings finance, law background, Princeton Packet, 4/4/2018
- Council hopefuls ready for sprint to the primary: Princeton Packet, 4/4/2018
- Williamson and Niedergang Score Highest on Ballot Placement Vote for Council, Town Topics, 3/21/2018
- Two Democrats Announce Candidacy for Princeton Council: Planet Princeton, 1/31/2018
- LOOSE ENDS: Princeton resident Dwaine Williamson is an advocate for people in Princeton, and throughout Mercer County, Princeton Packet, 11/29/2017
- Primary Election Day: June 5, 2018
- General Election Day: November 6, 2018