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Letter: Lacey Democratic Candidate Voices Concerns for Public Safety

Shawn Judson advocates for the Township to implement a Neighborhood Watch program

I am very concerned that the majority of the current members of the Township Committee have again failed to take a proactive stance on an issue, this one being public safety. 

At the most recent Committee meeting it was disclosed that there have been 14 residential burglaries in less than one month in Lacey. The position of the majority members of the Committee is to request neighbors to be alert and vigilant. The onus of maintaining this aspect of public safety they tell the individual resident it is their responsibility to insure a safe and secure neighborhood environment.

Committeeman Quinn is quoted as saying, “The police department requests that all citizens remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity. Look out for your neighbor. Everyone has got to try and play their part.”

This is all well and good, but how is the Committee, controlled by my opponents, playing their part? How? They are asking us to do it.

That is their response to this increasing public safety problem. Sit back and talk a good talk.

As part of my campaign I have, from the beginning, advocated for the Township to implement a “Neighborhood Watch Program” to keep our streets safe. This does not entail the hiring of new police officers, but it does create another set of “eyes and ears” for them. This coordinated group of responsible citizens could help reduce the amount of crime in our neighborhoods, much better than one or two individuals acting on their own.

Just think no cost to the taxpayers and a safer neighborhood. A bargain that my opponents, did not even think of, much less start.

One of my first priorities will be use all resources, neighborhood watch programs, our police department, and whatever other resources are available, to make our residents feel safe in their own homes and neighborhoods.

You do not need leaders who tell you, as an individual, that you have to take care of your own safety. We need proactive leadership, which has been lacking in this town for over twenty years, under the control of my opponents’ party.

It is time for a change.  It is time for “Putting Lacey First”.

Shawn Judson
Democratic Candidate
Lacey Township Committee

Isheet Mipants October 08, 2012 at 08:51 PM
If shes trying to make a name for herself "or get something on her resume" for her union local then go hide behind the people you protect and leave us alone! Unions are biased anymore ,they pick and choose who they want to represent. In any union a female rep is all about gender discrimination and protection for her certain buddies who can't perform there daily duties, Been there seen that!A union rep is not a leader just an excuser! We don't need excuses we need leadership. I just don't see it here!
Phil Miaz October 08, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Well said mykrackin... This candidate is running on platforms like she is on the ballot for mayor! When you reach that level or higher you have every right to have a say... Until then ms. judson continue to hide as you been all along! I look at you as just a face in the crowd!!!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 13, 2012 at 05:00 AM
You criticize a citizen stepping up and proposing a budget-neutral effort that benefits all? Nice names to hide behind...BE a mensch and tell the folks who you really are, cowards. Fortunately, the folks of Lacey are smart enough to discount such childish commentary. I'm neither a D nor an R, but I can say that this idea is put to good use in many communities. Frankly, I would like to see the old "Block Parents" program come back...a sign of community from my youth that many today know not of. Ignore the trolls, Ms. Judson...and best of luck in your campaign. "Stand for what's right, or settle for what's left" - Frederick John LaVergne, "Democratic-Republican" for Congress.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 13, 2012 at 05:08 AM
tr - while your point "might" be well taken, you know not of why this person chose to run. The fact that she is running as a "D" offend you? You have a voting booth to address that with. Folks, divisive posts like this simply prove that too many are willing to pull a lever without being willing to find out where all parties stand. tr, I applaud you for taking the time to attend twp. meetings, but, frankly, not everyone out there who has no direct vested interest in a given meeeting's agenda will attend, either - if they did, you would assuredly need an arena in which to hold said meetings. Is it not possible that Ms. Judson has reached a tipping point in watching 30 years of single-mindedness in local goverment, and that she finally decided to stand up and be counted? Had she run as an independent, would you have objected? Had she run as an R? Learn WHO she is - and, if she does not both meet your own standards and exceed the strengths offered by her opponents, don't vote for her. If you spend so much time at the meetings, why aren't YOU running? It's always easy to criticize from the stands - it's quite another thing to step into the batter's box. Believe me - I KNOW.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 13, 2012 at 05:16 AM
If you want to know where I STAND - ask. Or just keep pulling the same lever and expecting / wishing / hoping for a different result. I am wholly unimpressed by my two "major" opponents, after Tuesday's meeting with the Editorial Board. Other than parrotting talking points, (with one of them bringing two "minders" along with whom to confer), little of substance was in evidence in either case. One posited that "People don't actually shop competitively for health insurance, do they?" - the other actually went so far as to say that she should be elected because of her sex...nothing more than that - just that she was the only woman. A Congressional Race is not so trivial as a run for "Student Body President". Sad, really. I kept thinking - "THIS is my competition?". I am sure this comes off snarky - but I was utterly amazed. At least J.R. was civil, and he had some good points, but they weren't "owned" - they were shared by most in the room. SA's attitude was, well, less than admirable. Hey, it's your future, folks.
Isheet Mipants October 14, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Trolls? ....who the hell are you? Your not D or R yet your "Freddy John LaVergne Democrat-Republican" for Congress!Are you Tea Party or Ice Cream Party or perhaps part of the "Weedmans" movement! Perhaps your a "Klingon" . You don't even know your "Right" from your "Left" do you John? We are not as stupid as you think Johnny and we maybe "Trolls: but at least we're something!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 10:19 PM
It's hard to take anyone who decides to use an alias seriously - even less so when they use one that they might have given a substitute teacher in the 5th grade. Yup - I call 'em like I see 'em. Troll. Now, just in case you missed this in history class - which, for the rest of us, was not "nap-time"...The Democratic-Republican Party was the original political party of Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and JQ Adams. We stand for strict interpretation and application of the Constitution, strong States' and Individual rights, and abhor the concept of central banking - (read on Alexander Hamilton, and the division between the Federalists and the "Democratic-Republicans" (Anti-Federalists). I am running as a Democratic-Republican because it defines who I am, politically. I OWN it, in both word and deed. Meanwhile, the present two parties prove time after time that they're really only beholden to the same special interests. I'm not a "Tea-Partier", but many of their number support us...they "get" it. I am not associated with Mr. Forchion, but I certainly support his right to run, and, somehow, even in this election, he'll garner his usual 3000-4000 votes. Can he win? Not likely. Does he have a right to try? Absolutely. If my statement "Stand for what's right, or settle for what's left" was too confusing for you, I'll dumb it down just for you..."Keep doin' what you're doin', keep gettin' what you got."
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I don't expect your support...not, at least, until you know who I am, and what I stand for. This election is a little too important to crawl down in the muck with your ilk. We have work to do.
Isheet Mipants October 14, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Well I learned in history class that all those fore fathers had illegitimate children with "slaves" and snorted cocaine from snuff boxes and drank moonshine and carried guns!,,,,big deal!Did you know that Alexander Hamilton was president? Yes before the democrated way by vote and John Hanson was the the first Pres of the US "non elect" But like you and Judsen "No solutions" just "predictions". So don't waste your time here "Johnny " on a guy whos a Troll with the last name "Mckrackin"We don't give a F^#K about past bull crap...It means nothing ! Our childrens future is whats at steak here so "READ MY LIPS" ...Pull your head out of that dark spot on your backside and make a difference! Time is running out
Phil Miaz October 14, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Hey mykrackin maybe instead of the ice cream party... He is maybe part of the pizza party! Ur an idiot Fred and I hope you lose in the election!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Hansen was third - Huntington was first... Samuel Huntington* September 28, 1779 July 6, 1781 Thomas McKean July 10, 1781 November 4, 1781 John Hanson November 5, 1781 November 3, 1782 Elias Boudinot November 4, 1782 November 2, 1783 Thomas Mifflin November 3, 1783 November 2, 1784** Richard Henry Lee November 30, 1784 November 22, 1785 John Hancock November 23, 1785 June 5, 1786 Nathaniel Gorham June 6, 1786 November 13, 1786 Arthur St. Clair February 2, 1787 October 29, 1787 Cyrus Griffin January 22, 1788 January 21, 1789
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
In my class, that answer would be a "D". Poor, but passing. That "D" is 7 TIMES the approval rating of the present Congress.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Hansen was THIRD.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM
You can check this with my fellow Scholar, Stan Klos. http://roi.us/ff.htm
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I'm sure you've seen my photo - Pizza, yes - Ice cream, not so much. Local to you? Serpico's (just changed to the family name) - although he breaks my stones because I prefer his pie cold. Speaking of pie - I could sure go for a piece of blueberry and some coffee at Lucille's...maybe after the Tuesday meeting, which I will try to attend.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Your history teacher also told you Article the First wasn't ratified, I'll bet. That's wrong, too.
Isheet Mipants October 15, 2012 at 09:44 AM
I could have Googled that too Johnny!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Too bad your teacher didn't. As to googled, I already knew the names, but not the dates. It was easier to copy for you that way. Stan even went through the trouble of attempting to get these fellows recognized on our currency. He's still at it down in Florida. Oh, and to you, it's Mr. LaVergne. In a few months, if the People decide, it will be Congressman LaVergne. What did your teacher have to say about "Article the First"??
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
I actually have a friend with the REAL last name "McCracken" - and the real first name "Phillip". We call him BOB.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
What did your teacher have to say about "Article the First"??
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:50 PM
http://lacey.patch.com/articles/congressional-candidate-advocates-for-article-the-first
Isheet Mipants October 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Your wasting alot of time back and forth with me "Mr, Johnny" Your a flip flop! obviously! Google wasnt around in my day.Instead of worrying about my name and your buddies name, and my teachers and how smart you are as to me with my fake name and wanting to have lunch with me (or by the way I'm exit only ) with what ever your intentions are! What about NJ Johnny,,,?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 16, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Do New Jersey residents feel any effects from Federal Income Tax? Are New Jerseyans disenfranchised when we garner one electoral vote for 770,000 persons, when other States receive one for 540,000? In-State issues are why you elect State Assemblymen/women and Senators. Making sure the Federal government stays on your side and out of your pocket is my job. As to my positions - all of which are tied to the Constitution - I never falter, never waver, and never equivocate. You're not a waste of my time - but I'm not writing to you - I'm writing to EVERYONE else who is subjected to your vitriol. So, who do YOU recommend for the job of Congressperson, and why? Tell EVERYONE who YOU stand for. We've all heard what you don't like - even folks as far away as Clinton NJ... You can sure point out a fire when the trucks are already arriving. You know what I am doing for you and everyone else. What do YOU stand for - behind your false name? I believe you are an embittered old man looking for an embroglio. How sad. Knew you wouldn't have the nerve to face me, even over a cup of coffee. Even my staunchest opponents will engage in reasonable dialogue. Are you AGAINST our Constitution? Are you FOR "Pay to Play"? Are you FOR perpetuating the two-party myth that has broken the financial back of so many of your neighbors? Where DO you actually stand?
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 16, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I took the opportunity to answer you with facts. I welcomed the opportunity to share them with the others who read this blog. What you read - I "AM". I stood up to be counted, and you will find no special-interest handcuffs on me.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 16, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Start with the old 1960's "Block-Parent" model. I will see if I can find some of the old "program helps" from when I was a kid. It was a matter of making yourself available in an emergency, and in keeping your eyes open on behalf of your neighbors, not "against" them.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 16, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Who bought the signs? Where did the funds come from? That is the question you really need the answer to. Who benefits best from their re-election...if it's anyone OTHER than the people of the TWP., well - there you are. IF it IS the people of the TWP, then that should guide your choice.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 17, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Oh, and I didn't "google" that article. I'm the author.
Isheet Mipants October 17, 2012 at 11:21 PM
I am "Blue collar"... and you just answered the question as to why we "SHOULDN'T" vote for you! Again facts are nice but what are your going to do? Its all jibberish!There's a big word for ya! Are you going to hide behind unanswered emails and letters? All politicians have excuses.Christie says we're making progress...Where?I amy not be as samrt as you pal but its people like me who build your houses, and cook your meals and clean your pools and deliver your mail and pick up your garbage and deliver your electric and teach your children! But your wrong Freddy, George Washington was the first president!,,,,I am the author!
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 18, 2012 at 01:29 AM
"Quote" Phil Mykrackin 7:09 pm on Sunday, October 14, 2012 "Well I learned in history class that all those fore fathers had illegitimate children with "slaves" and snorted cocaine from snuff boxes and drank moonshine and carried guns!,,,,big deal!Did you know that Alexander Hamilton was president? Yes before the democrated way by vote and John Hanson was the the first Pres of the US "non elect"...." You "authored" this the other day. Don't blame your teacher. I'm sure they said Huntington was first, if they were smart enough to teach you about Hansen. (He was third - You just failed to remember it correctly.) Kudos to your teacher for knowing that little known chapter in our history, and for sharing it with you. I am neither Republican nor Democrat, btw. As to Christie -,He went to Seton Hall with my younger brother, a scholar in Constitutional Law, who is the discoverer of the Connecticut and Kentucky ratifications discussed earlier. A promise - nobody was borrowing Chris's notes in CON LAW in law school. (You're just p'oed because you thought you caught me in a 'cut-and-paste' plagiarism, only to find out that the cited work was my own. I DO know from where I speak.) I'm proud of my education. I'm more proud that I and my wife were able to pass our love of learning to our children.
Phil Miaz October 19, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Mykrackin don't waste your time on this guy.... He obviously is another person with a lot of times on his hands to use this website to promote himself with his campaign too! Both him and judson should be running mates on the Patch! Hey Fred maybe u should go door to door to do campaigning like a politicians use to do back in the day!

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