I am running for Councilor for the North Ward because I love Trenton and its people and care about the future of our great city.
I ask for the support of North Ward voters to help me win on November 8th, bringing about the change we need to focus once again on serving the needs and interests of North Ward residents.
If elected, I intend to help restore dignity, mutual respect and professionalism to City Council.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, several significant unresolved concerns impacted the quality of life for North Ward residents – property and violent crime; inadequate police patrols; neighborhood cleanliness; overgrown trees; access to decent and controlled neighborhood housing; and access to local government information and services. I want to use my 33 years as a senior executive in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to address these issues with North Ward residents and City Hall.
Issues I will be talking about over the next six months include:
Public Safety Redesign: Designing a community-centric approach to keeping our North Ward neighborhoods safe.
- Capture state and federal resources to hire more police officers and implement a true community policing program.
- To ensure that our Trenton Police Department has the resources to be an effective crime fighting organization accountable to the community.
- Unite police and community groups to help implement meaningful police reform.
- Develop strategies to recruit new police officers to the community so that the service reflects the diversity of our city.
- To encourage our city’s youth to pursue careers in law enforcement.
Execution of effective economic development. Attracting and retaining businesses in the city and the northern district to strengthen our economy and create more jobs and local shopping opportunities.
- Create new housing and home ownership opportunities.
- Develop an easy-to-access microcredit program for businesses in the northern district and the city.
- Promoting Trenton’s history and assets to stimulate tourism and support our city’s economy.
- Revisit the city’s master plan for development and economic prosperity, guided by feedback from city residents.
Clean Trenton. Maintaining city parks, open spaces and public spaces for our residents and visitors to enjoy year-round.
- Improve tree pruning and nurture healthier trees that make Trenton beautiful.
- Fight against illegal dumping.
- Improve snow clearing of main roads and secondary streets.
- Repair potholes and develop city street paving.
Improve people’s lives. A better quality of life for all Trenton residents!
- Ensure that our seniors have easy access to city services, facilities and transportation.
- Create more recreational activities for children.
- Strengthen municipal services for residents struggling with homelessness, mental illness, addictions and rehabilitation after incarceration.
- Strengthen work and programs that address food insecurity.
Strengthening public education. Support practical efforts to strengthen Trenton Public Schools and the efforts of our teachers and administrators to help our students see where their education can lead.
As a dedicated neighbor and resident who has lived and raised a family in the same home on Second Street for 43 years, I share your concerns and hope for our historic and resilient city. To that end, I look forward to meeting more of my North Quarter neighbors in the weeks and months to come, knocking on doors to ask for your support, and discussing how we can work together to build a stronger North Quarter. strong and a better city.
Merkle Cherry is running for the North Ward of Trenton city council seat.
Editor’s note: Any candidate interested in presenting their thoughts for the city can email the editor, John Berry, at [email protected]