15 Mar Howard, Friedman Enter 13th District Assembly Race
FAIR HAVEN – Erin Howard and Allison Friedman today announced their bid for State Assembly in New Jersey’s Thirteenth Legislative District.
Howard and Friedman are seeking the Democratic nomination and will focus on supporting small businesses, safely reopening schools, and eliminating Monmouth County’s broken system of annual property tax assessments.
“I’m a working mom,” said Erin Howard, a Fair Haven homeowner. “I know what it’s like to balance running a small business while raising three children. I want to be a voice for small business owners, for our kids, and for everyone who lives, works, and raises a family here in Monmouth County.”
“The pandemic has been a tragedy for so many entrepreneurs. Some were able to quickly pivot their business model to survive, but not all. We need to get Garden State industry and innovation moving again.”
Allison Friedman, an attorney, mother, as well as a member of the Matawan Aberdeen Regional School District Board of Education, said, “At the core of my being, I believe in fairness above all. The Assessment Demonstration Program, or ADP, and its annual property tax assessments are wreaking havoc on homeowners and businesses. We can do better by repealing the law that put it into place.”
“Property taxes, schools, and state funding are all tied together,” continued Friedman. “My priority is financial fairness and ensuring that kids get the best education we can give them. The current system is broken. We fix it by repealing the system that inflates our property values and reduces state aid to public schools.”
The owner of a small clothing business, Howard stressed the need to jumpstart New Jersey’s economy in the wake of COVID-19. She said, “The pandemic has been a tragedy for so many entrepreneurs. Some were able to quickly pivot their business model to survive, but not all. We need to get Garden State industry and innovation moving again.”
Howard and Friedman also intend to focus on access to affordable childcare, responsible government spending, equal opportunities in the workplace, improving environmental protections and support for common sense gun safety measures.
New Jersey’s Thirteenth Legislative District includes Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Rumson, and Union Beach.