(KACE (Korean American Civic Empowerment) Interns with Republican Candidate for Fort Lee Councilman, Thomas Bennett)

Thomas Bennett, a lifelong resident of Fort Lee, had an interview with the KACE (Korean American Civic Empowerment) organization on Thursday, July 19, 2012.  Prior to his political career, he worked at the Fort Lee post office for several years and in 1977, ran for a spot in the Fort Lee Board of Education. Believing in a more frank and open government, Thomas Bennett decided to run to become a Fort Lee council member.

Throughout the interview, Thomas Bennett expressed disapproval of the way the Democratic council members have been managing the town. He stated that the Democrats have used the town residents’ taxes inefficiently by creating a community center with only one gymnasium and then by building a skating park which they tore down due to complaints from the residents. He continued to discuss his opinions on the tenure system which prevented schools from hiring qualified teachers and firing less skilled teachers. If he becomes elected, Thomas Bennett hopes to solve the rising tax problems and the school tenure problems.

When asked about how local businesses could be revitalized, Thomas Bennett simply replied that he would encourage the Fort Lee residents to shop at local stores, and  he also showed his support of the BID (business improvement district) system and the idea of creating a mall to promote local shopping.

As a strong advocate of education, Thomas Bennett urges Korean immigrants to learn the English language to overcome the language barrier. He was relentless in his belief that the Korean immigrants could take ESL classes or any other language class.

Furthermore, on the Philip Kwon issue, Thomas Bennett stated that he believed Philip Kwon was qualified to become the Chief Justice of New Jersey, but that “the problem was politics.”

Thomas Bennett plans to make vast changes to what she called “17 years of stale government” so that the town could stop raising unnecessary taxes from the Fort Lee residents and to improve the educational system.

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