TAPintoWestfield: Entitled to Give Back

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 16, 2017 

tapinto.pngIn a recent letter to the editor in The Westfield Leader, a citizen of this town called Shelley Brindle, the current Democratic candidate for mayor, “entitled." In imagining a course for Shelley Brindle's path to the executive level at HBO, he wrote, "it took many-many years of education, skills training and relationship building to succeed and finally get to the summit."  Of course it did, and that is precisely why she would be an asset to this town as a forward-thinking and visionary mayor. 

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TAPintoWestfield: Downtown Needs Brindle and Her Team’s Plan

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 16, 2017 

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Letter to the Editor:

I'd like to give a huge thank you to all who came to my home furnishing store, Madeline Moss, last Thursday evening to hear Shelley Brindle, Linda Habgood, Mike Dardia, David Contract and Dawn Mackey speak. Their speeches were so inspiring and so what-we-needed to hear. It started as a small fundraiser, then a meet-and-greet and ended up a rally!

No doubt about it, Shelley is the right one for the job as mayor of our town. Shelley described her relevant vast experience, her goals and her vision for what the town needs. Most importantly, Shelley envisions a master plan with a direction to bring life and movement to all of our tired areas. This is exactly what the downtown needs.

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TAPintoWestfield: Andy's Gang

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 18, 2017 

tapinto.pngBack when I was a kid, television was in its infancy, actor Andy Devine hosted a TV show called “Andy’s Gang.” If I close my eyes, I can still picture the sponsor breaks, where the host would pause to present products that children like myself would later beg their parents to buy. (As a boy I, like most kids, made for easy targets of manipulation by this kind of direct PR outreach).

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TAPintoWestfield: A Thoughtful Approach — Brindle for Mayor

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 17, 2017

tapreal.pngMy husband and I have lived in Westfield for 38 years and raised three children here. Like many of you, we are concerned with the future of our town and the direction we are headed. Last week I asked my husband to join me at a meet and greet in Westfield for mayoral candidate, Shelley Brindle. As a registered Republican and a thoughtful conservative, he approached the event with much skepticism. We had the opportunity to talk with Shelley one on one. My husband had some tough questions for her and afterward he said, "I have to admit. She is impressive."

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TAPintoWestfield: Raise Revenue, Not Taxes

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Oct. 5, 2017

tapintologo.pngI’m running for Mayor because we pay too much in taxes and get too little in return. Since our current Mayor was appointed in 2005, property taxes to support municipal services have gone up 65 percent and non-tax revenue has stayed relatively flat. That means the Town has become increasingly reliant on property taxes to provide basic services.

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TAPintoWestfield: It Takes a Master Plan to Reignite Our Downtown (Video)

This article originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield on Sept. 28, 2017

tapintologo.pngWhen I walk around downtown and speak with business owners and landlords who share their concerns about vacancies, parking and infrastructure, I ask myself — how did we get here? Why is our downtown fading when surrounding towns are thriving? There is so much to love, but we can do better, and should expect better.

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TAPintoWestfield: Westfield is Fortunate that Shelley Brindle is Running for Mayor

The letter to the editor originally ran in TAPinto Westfield.

tapintologo.pngTo the editor,

Shelley Brindle's name rang a bell, though it took me awhile to place it.
 
Shelley was an executive vice president at HBO, overseeing their $4.5 billion US business, a position she held until March 2016. It turns out she regularly attended the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, an event I have worked on as a behind-the-scenes freelancer for 10+ years. I had no idea Shelley lived in Westfield until a few months ago. She did not include her participation in this elite event in her bio, yet it deserves to be called out.
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TAPintoWestfield: Shelley Brindle: My Platform For Mayor

Read this article as it originally appeared in TAPintoWestfield.

tapintologo.pngAs a 23-year resident, I’m running for mayor because we deserve better and can do better.

I retired from HBO as an executive vice president last year to pursue a new chapter in public service, motivated to honor my dad’s sacrifice as an Air Force pilot killed in Vietnam, and my mom’s resilience in raising three kids on her own.

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I Will Be Your Mayor Full-Time, at No Pay

Since announcing my candidacy for Mayor of Westfield, I’ve met with Mayors Colleen Mahr of Fanwood and Nora Radest of Summit, as well as former mayors, officials and business owners from CranfordSouth OrangeMorristown, and Princeton.

I’ve learned that many of our concerns in Westfield are shared by everyone: economic development, parking, taxes, town services, historic preservation, and practical housing options for all stages of life - to name a few. And while the solutions may vary, the underpinnings of success are all the same: transparency, collaboration, proactivity, and accountability.

Why wouldn’t we listen to our neighbors to learn how they’ve been successful (or not) in tackling our common challenges?

You’ve read about some of their success: Fanwood received $2M in state/county grants for parks, fields, and transit development; Cranford has a resurgent downtown driven by a politically diverse and proactive downtown management corporation; Summit is implementing a new, visionary master plan created with substantial input from the community over ten months. 

After each conversation with them and you, I leave feeling energized about the opportunities for our community, and validated in my fight to realize Westfield's potential for all of us.

Being honest about Westfield’s challenges doesn’t make us weak, flawed, or less-than. It means we’re paying attention to opportunity, and eager to live a full-life in a vibrant town. We owe it to ourselves to go for it, and make our future bright.

The solutions to our challenges are all around us already. And we're lucky that many of Westfield’s residents are renowned leaders in sustainability, communications, architecture, entertainment, master planning, athletics, fiscal empowerment, the arts and more. 

We need a leader who will invite these folks to the table, and put their talents to work for Westfield. It’s what I did as an Executive Vice President at HBO, and it’s how I will lead as your Mayor in Westfield.

Listening to residents, asking for feedback, and staying connected with leaders from neighboring towns takes time, proactivity, and patience. This is why I’ve committed to being your Mayor full-time, at no pay.

It’s time for full-time leadership in Westfield.

Shelley Brindle, Campaign Interns and Volunteers Clean Up Westfield Parks

By BEN NANNA, BRINDLE FOR MAYOR

August 22, 2017 at 12:41 AM

Shelley Brindle, democratic candidate for mayor of Westfield, and 20 Campaign Interns and Volunteers picked up litter in Mindowaskin Park, Brightwood Park and Echo Lake Park.
"I’m always inspired by the community spirit of our campaign interns and volunteers. Taking a Saturday morning to deliver on a quick ask — clean up our parks!"