Good Government Coalition New Jersey Endorses Sabre Burroughs

“We should be able to expect accountability & transparency in resource management at the county level & all levels. I will ensure more people have access to the schedule of meetings so that their community can be represented.”

Here’s why we enthusiastically endorse Sabre Burroughs for Essex County Freeholder:

 Contract Vetting: I will rigorously review all county contracts to make sure they reflect fiscal responsibility and the values of constituents.
Comment: All safeguards must be taken to ensure responsible and equal fiscal decisions.  

 Pay to Play: I will not exchange professional service contracts for donations to my campaign or the campaigns of my friends/allies. When possible, I will open contracts up for a competitive bidding process, instead of automatically renewing last year’s contract.
Comment: There is enough back scratching that has been done. 

 Professionalism: I will commit my time and energy to full length meetings that make information accessible to the public. I will not support rushing through an abbreviated consent agenda.
Comment: Transparency is necessary. Residents deserve the information being reviewed in these meetings.

 Meeting location: I believe meetings should rotate throughout the county in order to make attendance more feasible for residents of all municipalities.
Comment: The meetings need to be easily accessible through public transportation in rooms big enough to support the community. Not in small rooms at the Turtle Back Zoo.  

 Meeting structure: I believe the bulk of the meeting should focus on county business rather than award ceremonies or speeches.

 Meeting accessibility: I support using technology to make meeting attendance more accessible for residents, via recording or live-streaming of meetings or other remote attendance options.
Comment: It’s 2020. These meetings can be recorded and posted for accessibility. 

 Information reporting: I support easily accessible online meeting agendas and minutes. I support user-friendly budgets so residents can easily see how public funds are allocated. I support user friendly agendas that include explainers about resolutions being voted on.

 The “county line” in primary election ballots: Realizing that being placed in a preferential ballot position hinges on freeholder candidates and that the county line is misleading and manipulative to voters, I will take a firm stand against the county line and advocate for a bubble ballot as is used in every other state and in some counties in NJ.

 Responsible County Entity Oversight: I will work to ensure that the county entities I oversee — libraries, parks, technical schools, community colleges, correction facilities, infrastructure — are safe, professionally staffed and appropriately funded.

 Appointments to Boards, Authorities and Commissions: I will appoint people with diverse perspectives to boards, authorities and committees, opening up government for greater participation, rather than selecting the well-connected. Because new ideas and voices are important, I will seek out new residents to fill these board positions rather than having the same individuals serve for decades.

More information about Sabre Burroughs:
Phone: 862-243-2225
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Education: Dual BA in English and Women & Gender Studies

Current Occupation: Vegan Nutritionist & Meal Planner

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