Bernards Township, NJ - The Bernards Township Republican Municipal Committee (BTRMC) held its screening at the Bernards Township Library on Monday, March 21, 2022, and endorsed Republican Committeewoman Janice Fields to run on the GOP line for a 3-year term in the upcoming November election.
“We had an uncontested Screening this year which is a true testament to Janice's outstanding work on the Township Committee and her incredible service to our community as Mayor last year,” said Scott Mitzner, Chair of the BTRMC. “Janice embodies the perfect combination of commitment, intelligence, outreach, compassion, inclusiveness and dedication that makes her the perfect person to help lead Bernards now and into the future. We are beyond proud to have her as our candidate and she has the complete support of the RMC and residents throughout Bernards Township.”
“Bernards is a very special place, a community where people help, care, and support one another. It has been my home for the past 30 years along with my husband and two sons,” said Committeewoman Fields. “As a leader, one must be willing to stand up and advocate for their community. The residents of Bernards deserve an open government and a seat at the table. Without our voices, any decisions made will not be the strongest. I pledge as their leader that they will have that opportunity,” stated Fields. “I will work side by side with our residents for true fiscal responsibility and greater opportunities for our community to engage in government.”
Committeewoman Fields, who also served as mayor in 2021 during her term, elaborated on accomplishments of the past two years including:
Despite COVID-19 and a loss of $1.5 million in revenue, the Township Committee passed a budget that fully-funded Bernards and kept the town debt free.
Established new community events as soon as it was feasible and safe to get people connecting in person such as the Meet the Mayor Series, Mayor’s Yoga in the Park, and the Mayor’s Fall Festival.
Strengthened our relationship with the Basking Ridge Business Alliance, business owners, and residents. Events included the Bernards Township Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Tree Lighting ceremony.
Brought back the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, an opportunity for the Township to thank the many residents that served on boards, committees, and task forces.
Built and strengthened relationships with the Asian American, South Asian, and other diverse communities to ensure that Bernards remains a community that respects and appreciates the advantages diversity brings.
Delivered 3,490 meals over the course of 5 months to 152 Township residents through the Senior Food Security & Wellness Program.
Committeewoman Fields is a human resource and employee benefits professional by trade. She served as Chair on the Somerset County Commission on the Status of Women and spearheaded such programs as “A Woman’s Story,” a five-member panel of professional women from a variety of cultural backgrounds who share their experiences as immigrants to the United States. She led a panel that selects the recipients of the “Outstanding Women of Somerset County Award,” which annually recognizes nine Somerset County residents for their contributions to their communities. Furthermore, she was also involved in organizing the subsidy of a STEM program for girls.
Committed to improving the quality of life in her community, Fields has served on the Bernards Township Beautification and Dewey Meadow Task Forces and the Society Hill Condominium Community Board and Cell Phone Tower Task Force. She was active in her sons’ schools serving as a class mother and was a Bernards Township Girl Scout Leader. In 2016, she founded and organized the Bernards Township First Responders Appreciation Night.
In 2016, she was the recipient of the Somerset County Federation of Republican Women Millicent Fenwick Award. This award, granted for distinguished public service, is presented annually and it acknowledges and recognizes those women who have dedicated their lives to providing outstanding public service to others.
“The role of the government is to serve the best interests of the community,” concluded Committeewoman Fields.