My name is Maureen Parrott. On June 6, 2017, Joe Trammell and I will be running with the
Monmouth County Democrats in the Democratic primary for two seats on the Roosevelt
Borough Council. I want to tell you a little bit about myself and why I am running.
I have lived on Tamara Drive for the past 29 years. I became interested in Roosevelt because I
knew that many artists, as well as two well-respected urban planners, lived here, and I loved the
physical beauty and historic significance of the town. I still love the people and the beauty of
our small borough.
I retired in October 2016 after 20 years of public service at the United States District Court for
the District of New Jersey where I worked on cases in which immigrants challenged their
immigration detention, prisoners challenged their convictions and sentences, and detained
persons challenged the conditions of their confinement, such as prolonged solitary confinement
and lack of adequate medical care. Before working for the court, I represented low income
persons in civil cases at legal services; I helped tenants whose landlords were trying to evict
them and mothers who sought to keep the custody of their children. I also served as an assistant
city attorney in the cities of Hoboken and Jersey City during pro-tenant administrations.
As a retiree, I now have the time for volunteer service. I recently volunteered several times with
other lawyers at Newark International Airport to assist immigrants during Trump's Muslim bans,
and I would love to work with Roosevelt residents on improving our local government. I want to
be on the council because I care about the future of Roosevelt, I want to make our government
open and inclusive, and I hope to be able to continue to afford living here.
Having grown up in a working class family, I am careful about my spending and highly sensitive
to the financial constraints faced by many residents. I am passionate about social and economic
justice; I am conscientious and thorough; I believe in the rule of law; and I have a lifelong love
of animals. If elected, I will devote my skills to representing you on the issues you think are
important and I will work to make Roosevelt even better than it is now. I would be delighted to
speak with you and to discuss your priorities for and concerns about Roosevelt.