2021 Brick City Council Election: Mary Buckley
BRICK, NJ – The 2021 election campaign culminates when voters go to the polls on November 2 to choose members of the Brick City Council.
There are three seats to be filled and six candidates are running for these seats, for four-year terms.
Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to give voters information about who they are and where they stand on various issues. We print their answers in their entirety, unedited, except for spelling or punctuation.
Here are Mary Buckley’s answers.
Town of residence : Brick
Job sought : municipal Council
Party membership: Republican
Family: 5 children and married with husband
Education: Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy; Master of Education in Science Education
Occupation: Physical therapy
Previous elective term, if applicable: 18th Arrondissement Women’s Committee
Do you or a family member work for state, county or local governments?
Husband, daughter and son-in-law work for the state
Why are you looking for an office?
I think it is time for a change with the municipal council and the mayor since they have been in power for eight years. I also think it is very important to get involved locally in government with more conservative values ââto address and restrain progressive policies.
What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the community and what do you want to do about it?
There is an increase in violent crime in The Brick as well as an influx of drugs into our community. Every day, as you watch Patch, you can see the many drug arrests that are happening. It’s taxing our police service. We must support the police and give them everything they need to make our city safe. I believe that there are many police retirements this year and that all the necessary police officers should be hired. I would also like to increase the volume of community engagement and watch programs all over the city. In addition, there should be an assessment of all lighting that is in our city business centers to provide added safety to our residents.
What are the critical differences between you and other candidates seeking to serve?
I believe I have more conservative values ââwhich would be beneficial against progressive policies which would reverberate nationally.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
We categorically oppose all marijuana retail outlets in our city. We are against the idea of ââbecoming a Sanctuary Township and we would formally oppose Governor Murphy’s position regarding immigration law enforcement and the declaration of a Sanctuary State.
We believe in lowering taxes and will be auditing every department in our government to look for non-essential areas that can be eliminated or reduced, which would lower taxes.
We would reassess the building department to deal with outstanding complaints.
We want to improve public access and participation between taxpayers and elected officials. We would do this by proposing a monthly town hall and also possibly reinstating a bi-monthly council caucus workshop thus allowing residents to participate.
Even if our link with the BOE is only 30 percent, we would appoint a liaison officer for the BOE. We would partner with them to provide appropriate curriculum that does not include critical race theory or inappropriate sex education. We support the free choice of masks and vaccines.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you will be effective in your role?
I have experience in setting up my own business. I have also held various administrative positions while working in the school system, including that of therapy supervisor. I was also appointed to the NJ State Physical Therapy Licensing Board and held this position for 3 years.
I’m also a district captain for the States Convention which is a movement for term limits and a balanced budget amendment. I currently serve as a trustee in my church and lead the Lexington House Mission in Lakewood.
What would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I like to initiate new ideas and new projects. which are very stimulating for me as a challenge. I was also a director of my homeowners association. I co-chaired the Craft Show at Brick Founders Day as well as the Antique Car Show held at Windward Beach. I would like Founders Day to be reinstated.
I am a sociable person and am always busy. I find it hard to relax without doing anything.
I sing at my church and sing occasionally at weddings etc. I love to paint and be involved in crafts. I am a member of the Brick Republican Club as well as a founding member of the board of directors of the newly formed grassroots organization, the “Midnight Riders for Freedom”.