Council – Dawn Sabella

Dawn Sabella is a 10+ year resident of Gloucester Township, living here with her husband, Chris, and mother-in-law, Cindy. She is avid in her fitness and health, enjoying time together with her husband at a local gym, as well as getting outside for exercise when she can to hike or kayak.

Dawn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Eastern University, with experience in retail cash management and land title settlements.  In 2015 Dawn started her dream job, working for the University of Pennsylvania where she is a business and grants administrator.  She loves the challenges that come with her role but more importantly enjoys helping others succeed in their goals and research.

Patch Candidate Profile  

Your Name

Dawn Sabella

Age (as of Election Day) 

39

Town of Residence

Gloucester Twp

Position sought 

Council Member

Party Affiliation

Republican

Family

Names, ages and any pertinent detail you wish to share.

I live in GT with my awesome husband, Chris, and my mother-in-law, Cindy.

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? 

This includes any relatives who work in the government you’re running for.

no

Education 

Eastern University – Bachelor of Science in Business Management

Occupation

Please include years of experience.

Business Administrator

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office 

None

Why are you seeking elective office? 

A person goes where they are called…I have lived in Gloucester Twp for over 10 years, owning a home for the last 8. I’ve heard the rumblings of upset citizens, and like many, I keep questioning why my taxes are increasing so quickly and where does the money go? Over the last few years, I’ve considered my role as a citizen here and the honor it would be to help be a voice for the people. That time is now.

The single most pressing issue facing our (board, district, etc.) is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it. 

The current mayor and council fail to represent the people. Questions about finances are left unanswered and changes are made within the township with little to no consideration for the citizens. Transparency is not their forte, which ultimately leaves many of us feeling defeated. After all, you can’t agree or disagree with what you don’t know, yet we all know that no response, is a response. Council has a responsibility to the citizens and that is what I want to ensure as an elected council member. Folks should be able to easily know what is taking place in the township, why it is happening, and come to council meetings feeling confident they’ll walk away with not just a true understanding, but feeling they were heard and respected.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post? 

I have a desire to serve so that this township can improve together. I have confidence I can serve well because of my background in finance and being able to plan and prepare effectively for the future.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency)?

We desperately need transparency and a willingness to keep the township unified. Current council has ways of avoiding questions posed by citizens, which leads me to believe they either don’t care to know or struggle to comprehend the justifications of budget requests by departments, along with other financial and development occurrences. However, a responsibility of the council is to relay this information clearly and respectfully to citizens.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

The RestoreGT team has 3 main platforms we want to achieve: Affordability, Transparency, and Development. There have been a lot of round table talks and gathering of information, leading us to feel confident that we can make a change for the better in Gloucester Township.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

My career has always been a balance of finance and customer service. There is a great importance in making sure the numbers work while being sensitive to the individual, ultimately ensuring everyone comes out on top. I take the work handed to me seriously and do my utmost in finding how following policy can still be personable.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained”

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I have seen my own neighborhood experience an exodus as folks move to more affordable locations. I hear the cries for change but moving doesn’t have to be the only option. I loathe just the thought of moving. I told my husband when we bought our house 8 years ago that I’m not leaving this house until I die. This town can be better than it is and can run for the people. I am running for council because I see a need. The citizens aren’t too quiet, the leaders just aren’t listening.

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