August 28, 2013, Tenafly councilman candidates of both party visited KACE New Jersey Office. Councilwoman Martha Kerge (Republican) is running for her 6th term and Mr. Daniel Park, Korean American, is running for his first term in November General Election.
Daniel Park is a young Korean American candidate who works to improve Tenafly’s school system, maximize services for Korean Americans, and revamp the downtown small businesses.
Three main projects he wants to focus on are raising awareness for the nature center, help build KCC and provide services for Korean Americans, and aid the downtown district. He believes that it’s important to raise public awareness for nature and being green. Also, Daniel Park is involved with the Korean Americans in Tenafly; the Korean Community Center is being built and he encourages people to visit. Finally, he likes “mom and pop” shops in the downtown district and wishes more small businesses to thrive in the town.
He recognizes that Korean Americans are greatly interested in their children’s education. Therefore, candidate Park is involved in improving and maintaining the high school and school systems in Tenafly.
Candidate Park is involved with Korean Americans and wants to help them become aware of services that are provided. If elected, he wants to implement a system with volunteers or part-time workers to translate.
Candidate Park believes that organization and communication is vital for small businesses, and wishes to provide information, references and resources for business owners.
Finally, Candidate Park wishes to involve Tenafly High School AP students in order to fundraise and volunteer for his campaign. He hopes to raise approximately $5000 to fund his campaign. Candidate Park wishes to centralize and organize the numerous Korean American organizations in order to cut costs and improve their services.
Martha Kerge is a Republican candidate running for her sixth term as Councilwoman of Tenafly. Before her political career, she was an English teacher and a realtor. Candidate Kerge is an experienced politician and held the position in 1990 to 1995, 1998 to 2003, and 2010 to 2013. Candidate Kerge wants to finish what she has done in her previous terms by finishing the Tenafly Nature Center. She wants to be elected as a democratic council member in order to maintain a bipartisan government and contribute to the town she loves. If elected, Candidate Kerge wishes to keep taxes affordable, maintain the quality of the schools in Tenafly and most importantly, keep the services in Tenafly available to all its residents.
As Korean Americans are an important part of the Tenafly community, Candidate Kerge is familiar with the issues of the Korean American community. As a realtor, she has interacted with many Korean Americans by renting homes to many Korean American families. To the Korean American community, Candidate Kerge believes that education, business and home ownership are important issues.
Candidate Kerge believes that there should definitely be more Korean-speaking police officers and a Korean officer related to youth programs through adjusting and planning. In order to revitalize the small businesses in the community, Candidate Kerge wishes to use an ordinance policy as well as utilize a broker to invite more Korean American business owners.