Deb Coen for Madison Borough Council

Madison is a town that offers much to its residents, its business community, and to its visitors. We have a beautiful downtown, with fine schools, terrific amenities, and a wonderful sense of community.  This did not happen by accident.  It is the result of many dedicated professionals and community volunteers working together to make Madison the great place we know today. 

As a parent with children in the Madison schools, I have spent many years as a volunteer in the school system.  I served on PTSO boards and chaired PTSO school events.  I also served a three-year term on the Madison Board of Education and was a parent participant on the Madison Public Schools Technology Advisory Committee.  Currently, I am a member of the Schools’ Anti-Racism Committee.

As a first-term member of the Madison Borough Council, I have developed a solid understanding how the borough operates, both financially as well as in a practical sense. Working with the borough administration, my Council colleagues and I have given Madison stable budgets, improved services, and needed infrastructure investment.  This year we will again be returning $2 million to our ratepayers from the electric utility surplus.

Since March of 2020, we have seen the global pandemic overwhelm our lives.  It has forced us all to adapt in a variety of ways. As Council liaison to the Health Department, I worked with my 2021 running mate, Board of Health President Eric Range, on the borough’s response to the contagion.  Throughout this pandemic year, we worked closely to ensure that all that the Health Department was doing was fully communicated to the Council and the borough administration.  In addition, Eric and I worked together to establish how important wellness activities, such as flu clinics and rabies clinics, could continue even through the pandemic.

Throughout the year, Eric demonstrated his organizational skills, showing concern not only for the community but also the staff of the Health Department who labored on the frontlines of our pandemic response. His participation was essential to the coordination of contact tracing within the schools and to the safe reopening of Drew University for the spring semester.

Eric and I continue to work together on the Downtown Development Commission (DDC).  And while I am no longer the liaison to the Health Department, we still touch base on the borough’s response to Covid-19.  I look forward to serving with him on the Council.

I am a graduate of Drew University and hold a Master’s Degree in Technology Education from Montclair State University.  Over the past 17 years, I have been a teacher in the West Orange school system and am currently a technology and engineering teacher at the West Orange High School. As a team, Eric and I will bring our many years of dedication and knowledge to the Madison Borough Council. We are both committed to bringing our downtown back to its pre-COVID-19 vitality, to preserve Madison’s historical heritage, and to ensure our sustainable future.