Saturday, March 11, 2017

Barbara Rheault Announced Candidacy For Assembly

PLEASANTVILLE – Democrat Barbara Rheault, a former Mullica Township committeewoman and current vice chairwoman of the South Jersey Democratic Women’s Forum, has formally announced her candidacy for the New Jersey General Assembly in the 2nd Legislative District.

Rheault pledged to serve as a voice for the middle class, maintain fair and equitable education opportunities for pre-k to college students, and focus on adult job training in order to produce a skilled labor force to attract new businesses and industry to the region, she said in a press release.

“We have taken for granted many federal programs that have had a direct impact on building up the middle class and protecting our most vulnerable populations of people. These programs have waged a war on poverty, promoted equality, improved education, rejuvenated cities, and protected the environment.

"With proposed cuts and defunding of these key initiatives at the federal level, the burden will be placed on states to ensure that our citizens do not lose the support and protections that they need in these difficult times,” Rheault said.

In her term as a Mullica Township committeewoman and director of public works, Rheault fought to maintain stable property taxes for middle class families and seniors, according to a press release. She pushed to maintain township services by providing the municipal workforce with the tools and equipment needed to work smarter, and implemented efficient delivery of services given a shrinking budget, her announcement stated.

“I was in the minority party while on Mullica Township Committee, but we worked together and in a fiscally sound manner to reduce and stabilize the tax burden – without sacrificing services to residents," Rheault said.

A former journalist and casino worker, Rheault is an educator who taught in the Pleasantville schools, and currently teaches k-4 science, technology, engineering and mathematics enrichment in the Mullica Township School District.

She has advocated and lobbied local, county, state and national elected officials on education and issues that affect families and local communities as a member of the New Jersey Education Association.

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