EATONTOWN:The following is a press release from the Eatontown Democrats about new Eatontown Council candidate Judy Bretzger who is replacing Lisa Wilson who chose not to run in this year's election last month.
Judy Bretzger, longtime activist and volunteer, is filling the final spot on the Democratic ticket for Eatontown Council. Bretzger is joining running mate, Tiffany Miller.
"I am running because I want to do my part to clean up the town," said Bretzger. "I want to replace unsavory, unlicensed businesses with clean enterprises. Why would a legitimate, family-oriented business want to locate here? The sidewalks are unkempt, the parking lots are unsightly, and code enforcement is lax. We need to attract strong ratables in order to stabilize property taxes, which increased a whopping 15 percent for many homeowners in 2015."
Miller, a psychotherapist and Anti-Trafficking Activist, added in regard to sex trafficking, "Eatontown should be a safe place for families and individuals. Wherever this type of behavior is tolerated, rates of child sexual exploitation are increased. We have an obligation as a community to protect our most vulnerable."
Bretzger has served on the Pride in Eatontown Committee for 15 years, the last four as chair. She is a long-time member of the Board of Health and the Multiple Dwelling Emergency Committee and has also served on the Planning Board and the Sewerage Authority.
Under her leadership, the Pride in Eatontown Committee has increased the turnout for the Annual Spring Cleanup from a few dozen in 2011 to more than 180 volunteers last year, and flower gardens in public spaces in town have blossomed and expanded.
Bretzger is retired from 22 years in the New Jersey Department of Human Services, where her most recent title was Children's Services Coordinator for the Division of Mental Health's seven-county Central Region. During her years in state government, she was an active member and strong supporter of employees' unions.
She is a past president and current newsletter editor of the 300-member Monmouth County Genealogy Society, president of the Eatontown Democratic Club and vice chair of the Democratic Municipal Committee.
Bretzger has bachelor's degrees in journalism from Temple University and in social work from Monmouth University (where husband Don retired as professor and chair of the Chemistry Department).
As 50-year residents of Eatontown, the Bretzgers were among the first homeowners in the Woodmere section of town. They were attracted by the builder's pledge to leave up as many trees as possible. Their four children were all born here, and while they attended Eatontown elementary schools and Monmouth Regional High School, Bretzger was an active member of the parent-teacher organizations.
Bretzger was recently honored by the Monmouth County Democrats for Irish-American Democratic Leadership at the group's 2015 St. Patrick's Day dinner.