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Video: Democratic Candidates on Main St. Manager

How would a Main Street manager help the Moorestown business community? And how would the township pay for it? Find out more about the Democratic candidates' plan here.

We've heard a lot from the candidates for town council over the last few months, from their plans for improving the business climate in town, to how they plan to rein in spending.

But much of what we've heard or read has been reduced to sound bites or finely polished press releases. We at Patch wanted to give the candidates the chance to provide more in-depth explanations of their positions on the issues that matter to voters, and to do it through the more candid medium of video. 

Identical offers were made to both the Republican and Democratic candidates to sit down with Moorestown Patch editor Rob Scott for separate video interviews. However, the Republican slate was unable to agree to Patch's terms. 

We asked the Democratic candidates the following questions:

We'll run one video per day throughout the week, each one covering the candidates' answers to the above questions, in the above order. 

Don't forget to get to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 6, to cast your ballot. Don't know where to vote? Check out this list of the polling locations around Moorestown.

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Joe Johnson November 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM
In Collingswood, Moody's downgraded their town to "junk-bond" status due to the government getting too involved with redevelopment in their town. Government should not be involved, and to use Collingswood as your example is a losing strategy, Mr. Hines. Here's my big question - what happens when the contract expires from the liquor money? If it fails, will you restore those hundreds of thousands to the liquor money for safe keeping in a savings account? If it succeeds, will you cut something else in the budget to make room for the salary of the manager, or will you simply raise taxes?
Walker November 01, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Fire the main street manager! The good thing is there is a lot of competition out there for free enterprise
Soccer Mom November 01, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Greg said "our opponents are saying it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars." No, Greg, YOU said that on your own website: "We estimate that the cost for the Main Street Manager will be 2-5% of the revenue generated from the sale of liquor licenses." (Here's the link in case you forgot what you said: http://www.results4moorestown.com/?p=124 ) If liquor revenue is expected to bring in a minimum of $5 million, that would mean that if it was 2%, the cost would be $100,000 for your 2 year contract. If it was 5%, it would be $250,000. So Greg, no, it wasn't your opponents who said it would be a six-figure cost to the town. IT WAS YOUR OWN CAMPAIGN.
/:0 November 01, 2012 at 12:50 PM
What are they thinking? More government? Newcomer and Hines keep throwing crap against the wall to see what will stick. Don't fall for it. If they had any good ideas they would have been implemented when the Dems were on their tax and spend spree from 04-08. During that time the fields, roads and library fell into disrepair
Long Timer November 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM
We already have a highly paid director of community development who's job description and effectiveness seems illusive. This "contract position" will become a full time, benefit laden, government position all too soon. This is MY money. Stop spending it foolishly or to "invest" in a personal agenda. Capitalism has worked in this country for several hundred years. We don't need any government help to attract businesses. The success of current businesses will draw others in.
Pete November 01, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Now I get it – MORE GOVERNMENT and higher taxes. We already have: EDAC, Planning Board and a Director of Community Development. They all have been “studying” these issues for years, and have made recommendations. Why not listen to them????
Walker November 01, 2012 at 02:54 PM
That's like saying to business owners.. " No, You didn't build that!", the government did" Let free enterprise and capitalism work, not the government deciding what is best for main st or anywhere else.
Amy Tozzi November 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Of all the bad ideas the Democrats have put forth during this campaign, this is probably the worst. This will inevitably become another full-time government job that we don't need in our town, with no real way to measure success. We already have proposals from EDAC, from MBA, from other Commisisons - why not implement them instead of paying an overpriced contracted guy? We dont NEED new spending right now! This is insanity!
Amanda Hugenkis November 01, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The concept of smaller governement to Dems is like the Easter Bunny/Santa/Tooth Fairy........IT DOES NOT EXIST
John K November 01, 2012 at 06:20 PM
First of all, big thanks to the Patch staff for undertaking this initiative to better inform the electorate! A contest to win support of Moorestown residents to lead our township’s government should be about more than just simplistic slogans, campaign balloons, and lawns signs. You would expect that any candidate who wants to serve Moorestown residents would look forward to any opportunity to answer questions, not run away from them. The fact that critics of the Dems are commenting on the picture and audio quality of the recording makes me suspect they’re trying to deflect attention away from the real issue here. I certainly may disagree with some statements or positions taken by the 3 Democratic candidates. However, I applaud their willingness to cooperate with the Patch in this attempt to provide Moorestown voters with a deeper understanding about some key issues in this election. The fact that the Republican candidates were unwilling to participate in a public debate and now have spurned this opportunity to be videotaped answering questions from the Patch tells me all I need to know about their real commitment--or, more accurately, lack thereof-- to transparency and responsive governance. I’m voting for Sattinger, Hines, and Newcomer. That’s who I want representing me when decisions get tough!
Peter Beter November 01, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Jonny Kakes....go for it...you can join the other four or five people who might vote for any of the Dems in this election.
Walker November 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Ots sounds like John is a solid democrat supporter as it is. John we could assume you'd vote for them anyhow.
Get em up November 01, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Look fellas, 5 days left! Any final swing district push? GOTV? at the very least the republican candidates and their buddies have scored a good ground game. They've kicked in them doors 1000? Tossed campaign pieces around the neighborhoods, attended numerous town functions including the infamous town council meetings, fairs, rallies, cookouts, their own forums, pumpkin pleasers
Dienstag November 01, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Listen, John, I get that you love Mark Hines and Company. They're your friends, you serve with them on Democrat County Committee, I get it. But you keep spewing these awful talking points that just aren't true! First, you attack the Republicans for "violating the spirit of Autumn Day" by campaigning, even though the Democrats were campaigning that same day with their bright blue balloons and glossy literature. Then, you attack the GOP Club for having a rally on the same day as the Halloween Parade, even though the Democrats were there marching in the parade, handing out candy and literature. Now, you say the Republicans "run away" from questions, even though they have done a town hall and planned a second one, even though they already sat with the Patch, even though they have knocked on 5,000 doors, even though they spoke to the MBA and stayed for questions, even though they spoke to the Rotary Club and took questions, even though they held a pumpkin giveaway, even though they held a tailgate for the community, even though they are quick to respond on their website with any questions voters have (versus the Democrats who dont have a way to contact them), even though they attended Church events, even though they have a public Facebook page, even though they were at Moorestown Day and the Autumn Festival.... John, what about all of that made them inaccessible, exactly? It's fine if you disagree with them, but please, don't stoop to that level.
/:0 November 01, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Those guys knocked on my door and I thought it was kids trick or treating dressed like monsters. Scared the hell out of me. And what is that guy looking up for in the picture. Did they leave clues on the ceiling or somethin?
Moorestown Elder November 02, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Hey Republicans! Got that great piece in the mail from the NJGOP saying to vote Republican for President through Town Council! Keep up the good work!!!!!
Get em up November 02, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Ok elder, I didn't get that piece but got two town council republican pieces in the mail and a Dimitri Schneiberg for school board election . I guess it will make it easy to vote Tuesday and vote for both council and school board the entire Column 2, I got my sample ballot in the mail The otter day. What's the latest polls look like?


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