Monday, July 6, 2020

Introducing Josephine Noone for Mayor

Josephine Noone
Josephine Noone

I would like to introduce myself to you and tell you why I am running for mayor. I am a long-term resident of Washington Borough and have lived here since 1994. I live in the house that my grandparents built. I am a wife, mother, and proud member of our community.

I am very familiar with the Washington Borough School District. My grandmother graduated from Taylor Street School, my mother graduated from Washington High School, and my son went through the Washington Borough and Warren Hills Regional School Systems.

I have benefited from and support Washington Borough's recreational programs. I learned how to swim at the Washington Borough Pool and spent many hours in the summer at the Washington Borough Public Library. My son swam and played soccer, baseball, and hockey on Washington Borough Teams.

I currently serve on the Washington Borough Council and I am the Council Representative on the Washington Business Improvement District (WBID). As a member of the Green Team, I manage the Washington Borough Farmers’ Market in partnership with the WBID. As the Chair of the Code Book Committee, I worked to pass the Abandoned Properties Ordinance, which has decreased the number of abandoned properties in the borough and improved the maintenance of properties that are still vacant. I worked to create the Open Space Trust Fund which enabled us to obtain $135,800 from Warren County and $415,000 from the State of New Jersey to purchase the 80-acre Shabbecong Mountain Preserve as recreational open space.

I served on the Washington Borough Library Board of Trustees and was President of the Board from 2012-2014. I served as the Referendum Committee Chairperson for the Washington Borough School District in 2002 and Warren Hills Regional School District in 2004 and helped to successfully pass bond referendums which paid for necessary renovations and new construction.

As a retired school leader with over 25 years of experience in the field of education as a Director of Curriculum, school principal and teacher, I have demonstrated strong leadership skills, including team building, identifying and working towards common goals, and community outreach. I regularly interviewed, hired, supervised, managed, and evaluated staff members and allocated and monitored annual budget expenditures.

I have a strong educational background. I have a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Economics, and a Master of Arts in Education Leadership, Management, and Policy from Seton Hall University. I am currently enrolled at Rutgers University and pursuing a Master of Education in Language Education.

I look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Washington Borough as Mayor. Please vote for me on November 3rd.

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