TAPIntoWestfield: Linda Habgood: As a Finance Professional, I'll Focus on Reducing Reliance on Taxes

By LINDA HABGOOD, WARD 1 COUNCIL CANDIDATE
September 14, 2017

tapintologo-2.pngMy family and I moved to Westfield 17 years ago from Virginia. We didn’t know anyone, but the community embraced us. Our new neighbors quickly became friends and we now call Westfield home.

I’ve always been an avid volunteer in our town, eager to take on challenging tasks and give back to the community that has given my family and me so much.

From starting a scholarship program at my sons’ elementary school, to organizing fundraisers to support youth programs across our community, to co-chairing the committee that got the bond approved to create Lincoln School — I know what it takes to lead in Westfield.

I have built a career in finance and economic development. I started on Wall Street, earned my MBA from Wharton, and am now a partner in my own financial advisory firm. I’ve closed on more than $11 billion in funding for over 1,000 clients to support communities and businesses around the world. The money I raise improves infrastructure by taking advantage of long-term, low-interest rate financing, creates jobs and more vibrant communities, and ultimately strengthens towns just like Westfield.

These are projects and deals that require creative solutions and attention to detail.

On the town council, I will focus on creating new revenue streams to reduce our reliance on property-tax increases, smart development that embraces Westfield’s historic buildings and homes and improved services for our residents of all ages.

We need a leader with experience building public-private partnerships to push Trenton for more one seat-rides during rush hours and to hold Union County accountable for our tax dollars.

Local politics should not be partisan. I’m knocking on every door in Ward 1 because joining the council means representing every single one of you

Vote for me, Linda Habgood, this Nov. 7. I’m ready to work for you.

For continuing information please visit habgoodforwestfield.com and facebook.com/habgood4towncouncil or email me at linda@habgoodforwestfield.com

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