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Committee Candidate Profile: Shawn Judson

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  • Candidate Name: Shawn Judson
  • Age: 56
  • Address: 50 Hilltop Drive, Lanoka Harbor
  • Occupation: A leader in the Underground Residential Development Department for JCP&L
  • Marital Status: Divorced with two children

Shawn Judson considers herself an “accidental politician.”

As a delegate to the Monmouth-Ocean Central Labor Council and the shop steward, registrar and organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1289, Judson is active in union affairs.

Over the years the president of the Central Labor Council encouraged Judson to run and each time, she’d say, “I’m not a politician.” But recent issues including the power plant and the rail-trail drove Judson to run in the 2012 elections.

“I’m just a regular working person,” she said. “I don’t earn $1,000,000. I keep up with my property. It just seems like it’s getting harder and harder when they keep taking money from me.”

Taxes continue to rise and Judson is concerned how the closure of Oyster Creek will impact Lacey economically, she said.

“Nobody has done anything and my taxes are going up,” Judson said of the future of Lacey Township once Oyster Creek Generating Station closes in 2019.

While the committee has shown interest in a gas plant, Judson, a former employee of Oyster Creek, said that would not provide the electricity or jobs that Ocean County needs.

“I’m not your regular Democrat. I have no problem with nuclear,” she said. “I’ve worked there and live here. I have never thought of the plant as being unsafe."

Also related to taxes is the continuing debate of the rail-trail, she said.

In the past, the ballot consisted of a rail-trail related question on two separate occasions, Judson said, and the township has been stuck in ongoing litigation.

“Whether you’re for or against the rail-trail doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that this town keeps spending more money without a road,” she said.

On other instances, the township has faced unnecessary costs such as the furloughs in which the negotiations were not administered properly causing an emergency appropriation of $218,250 to pay local unions back.

“The Republicans are the ruling party. It disgusts me to see the spending,” Judson said.

Since deciding to run, Judson has gone door to door to talk to local residents.

“I don’t think anybody ever sits and talks to a taxpayer,” she said.

Some of the issues brought to surface included a need for speed humps in areas where speeding is prominent, the rail-trail, Oyster Creek, the lack of police and the rising drug problem, she said.

Speed humps is something that would ordinarily automatically get discounted during these economic times, but Judson is looking into ways to fund such a project, she said.

When it came to the budget process, the Republicans didn’t make an effort to make cuts while Democrats Sean Sharkey and Helen DelaCruz questioned each line item, she said.

There has been a major division that has been created, Judson said.

“There has to be a willingness to have everybody work together. We have to sit down and make it a bipartisan town,” she said.

When asked what sort of changes she would propose, Judson said she would first have to “observe and learn.”

Economically, Judson would like to be more proactive in the area of shared services. She also mentioned, “going after” the state, county and schools for assistance.

“The state takes a lot of from us,” she said. “A lot of towns have actively gone after (counties and schools).”

Salaries also need to be capped, she said.

“I do believe when people are working, they should get raises. But they should deserve them,” Judson said of the recent raises given to township employees in management positions. “On the other hand, there are people making more than $150,000 who got raises. It’s a double-edged sword.”

Judson would also like to make the township more business friendly as she said some businesses have been immediately hit with fines without warning.

With the rising crime and drug problem, Judson would like to see more police on the road, she said. The police who are making more money are working a lot of overtime hours, she said. That money should be used to hire recent graduates of the academy.

“Let’s get them out on the road,” she said.

But it will have to be a joint effort, she said, adding that she would like to see neighborhood watch programs implemented throughout the township and working with the police.

“My goal is to win and have a Democratic majority and maybe turn this town around a little bit,” she said.

With elections only seven weeks away, Judson is gearing up her campaign and intends to hold Meet and Greets and other events. 

On Friday, Sept. 21, the Lacey Democrats will be holding their annual Fish and Chips, catered by Thistle Restaurant of Kearny, New Jersey. The dinner will begin at 6 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus. The event will include food, rinks and entertainment.

To learn more about Judson, visit http://www.judsonforlaceycommittee.com/.

Return to Lacey Patch, as we will have more candidate profiles and further coverage of the campaigns leading up to Election Day.

Isheet Mipants September 20, 2012 at 10:42 PM
How do you cure this? Its the same old song and dance! Alot of talk no strategy to get the job done.All and all the past nepotism has caught up with with this town and now everyone is scratching there heads!
Silver dollar September 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Let us not point fingers! let us come up with solutions That will get my attention.
Phil Miaz September 20, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Meet Shawn Judson.... I mean meet George Jetson! What a joke!
Ann September 20, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Goes to show what she knows. Can't hire recent grads from academy. Can only be In the academy if you are already hired by a department. Lacey is a civil service town so you have to hire off the list from the test. Love to see another nuke plant here or anywhere in NJ but DEP and the environmentalists would never allow it. If she wants to be more business friendly,then why isn't she using a local restaurant for their fish n chips night? Wonder if she will be for the unions, look out for your wallets then.
Isheet Mipants September 21, 2012 at 12:10 AM
LOL ...yeah why not give that business to a est, in Lacey ? I'm sure there's some good seafood around here somewhere! Perhaps the Nuke plant poisoned the seafood!
frank rizzo September 21, 2012 at 12:23 AM
ann we.re tired of the good ole boys dukes of hazzard republican controlled town committee. its one blunder after another from republicans all making $100 grand a year plus. the road to nowhere, the furloughs, the million dollar accounting mistake. i welcome this woman to give it a try god knows she couldnt do any worse than the crew running this town for the past 10 years.
tr September 21, 2012 at 04:01 AM
An independant candidate would balance the sitting committee and FORCE them to be creative and comprimise. The two party system is broken and it is time for REAL change. Lets write one in!
Old Enough September 21, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Who is making $150,000 ? It was mentioned in this article. Frank a person without experience during a time like this is just asking for more committee mistakes. She states all the political buzz-words about asking for funding and protecting our revenues, it sounds great. You stated you would take anyone, that could be the worst outcome and she technically is, "The Anyone Candidate". She states more police, where does the money come from? It will have to be raised in higher taxes, temporary funding will secure payments briefly, then the town has to come up with permanent funding after the initial funding expires. She states she would observe and learn, that sounds like on the job training which seems like a risk the taxpayers should take heed with. I do though, appreciate her wanting to jump in to the shark tank, that is admirable.
Old Enough September 21, 2012 at 04:27 AM
I write in TR, is that how you spell it tr ? you have my vote :)
Grime September 21, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I think Ann is scard she might lose one of her jobs........... All hale the network!
LT Guy September 21, 2012 at 08:47 PM
tr, How do you feel an independant candidate would change things? The two "democrats" sit up there like lawn jockeys and go along for the ride on most everything. I don't see the lack of compromise that you speak about.
Lisa September 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Couldn't agree more!
tr September 22, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Comprimise causes adversity. Why bother to cause adversity within the framework of a voting system that will ALWAYS just vote the way the majority party deems it wants to support an issue? Because there is no adversity there is no reason to be creative in finding solutions to complex issues that may be unpopular to the controling party, therefore no comprimise or creativity currently exists on either the township committee or the Board of Education in Lacey. We need someone who dislikes both parties to create the adversity that will lead to creative solutions through comprimise. We need an INDEPENDANT like PROUD or HUDDY or MOSS. Some taxpayer who will question everything just because they can!!! We need to rock the boat that the existing powers think is their luxury liner.
LT Guy September 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM
tr, I think you're missing the point. It's about PEOPLE, not PARTY. We need people who are not afraid of sticking to their principles, who put Lacey Township first before politics, and are willing to put in the appropiate time and effort to know what are the right decisions to make when they are up on the dais. Right now, I don't think I can say that is true of any of the five who are there now. It's time to find people who are sincere about helping Lacey, have no hidden agendas, and are not lazy. I don't give a f##k what party they belong to!!
tr September 23, 2012 at 03:15 AM
The two party system will only support or approve, to represent their party, someone who is a party supporter of their agendas and views. If you do not INTERVIEW well in front of the party county leaders, you cannot be a candidate of their party. Many talented people in Lacey, refuse to follow party lines, so they are not allowed to run on that party ticket. We are a rebellious lot here in Lacey, so let us get our own rebel in there! LT Guy, you are right, and I do not give a blank either what party,if any, the person is from,but, obviously the Democrats and Republicans do!!
Isheet Mipants September 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Is there an Independant who wants to be on the ticket? Perhaps tr or Old enough? I recieved my Dykoff and Quinn free sponge yesterday! Where's Judsons? Her profile doesn't suggest anything to me that she can make a positive impact in our town except maybe create a "bitchfest".We don't need that! It appears peoples comments here are more aware of the issues than this candidate. As reg democrat I would be willing to vote for a independant than this candidate.
LT Guy September 23, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Someone did that last year, but in their infinite wisdom, the people of Lacey didn't elect him.
LT Guy September 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM
If no one is willing to step forward to do what's right for our town, anyone commenting here can take the "bull by the horns" themselves and run next year. Let me know and I'll help.
Ryan Hardy September 23, 2012 at 01:09 PM
I'd run as an independent. That'd shake things up
Isheet Mipants September 23, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Ok I'm typing in LT Guy and Uncle Moe on the write in...lol u guys got my vote!
LT Guy September 23, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I'll probably be doing the same, but I'll use real names. The more people that do this, the louder the message will be.
Ryan Hardy September 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Awesome. That way we can send a message to these pigs feeding at the trough
Real Politics September 23, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Grime, Rizzo and LT guy should team up, Quinn/Dykoff are only about the $$$$ in there own pockets. Fighting the Unions only to lose and pay MORE?? Another nuke plant, REALLY?? For what more Debt?? Wamart, Depot, Nuke Plant, Lacey should be paved in GOLD. Where is all the $$$$ Goin the Schools?? Puleeze... Time for big change they lost Parker/Reid, Now DUMP Dumkoff/Unmighty Quinn.
tr September 23, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I am very, very proud of you AMERICANS! I am happy someone is listening. Yes, write in a name, scare the hell out of them!!! Same for the BOA!!!
grace September 24, 2012 at 02:14 PM
omg the free sponge too funny
patricia doyle September 24, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I want the free sponge.
Grime September 24, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I bet ya those sponges are made in China!
Resident of Lacey October 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Watch and learn? Thee time to do that is not after you've been elected and have a responsiblity to the voters to deliver. The time to watch and learn is prior to running for the office where you will be working for me, a voter, business owner and tax payer in Lacey! Pipe dreams and wishes are not going to move our town forward. Everyone is happy to follow a leader whom knows where they are going, frankly though "watch and learn" is not a plan for leadership. She might as well be saying put me in and I will wing it and hope it all works out okay.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress October 15, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Moe, please do...coffee offers stands.


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