Gloria McCauley announces she won’t seek reelection for township committee

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Hillsborough Township Committeewoman and former mayor Gloria McCauley recently announced she will not seek reelection to the committee in November.

Now in her 12th year of service on the Hillsborough Township Committee, McCauley released a Jan. 26 announcement that she would not seek reelection to the committee in 2020. McCauley served the municipality as deputy mayor in 2010, 2012 and 2017. She was unanimously selected to serve as mayor for 2011 and again in 2018.

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Following the announcement on her stance to not seek reelection, McCauley expressed her experience and achievements as a municipal official for more than a decade.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve on the township committee for the past 12 years.” McCauley said in a statement. “I ran for office because I was passionate about the community I live and work in, and wanted to make Hillsborough even better. I, along with my colleagues, have accomplished significant things over the past twelve years, and I am so very proud of that.”

The former Hillsborough mayor said that upon the end of her term, her service to the township will not be lost on her. She also pointed out the strides she said she felt the municipality made to lessen the impact of recent development in the area.

“It is time for me to pursue other interests, but I will always remain passionate about Hillsborough and its future,” McCauley said. “I’m thrilled that we have kept over a third of Hillsborough out of the hands of developers while preventing thousands upon thousands of new housing units based on New Jersey’s mandated affordable housing requirement.”

Prior to being elected to the committee in 2008, McCauley, a Hillsborough resident for 29 years and local businesswoman, served as an elected member to the township’s charter study commission in 2007. She was also a member of the Somerset County Planning Board in 2007 and was chosen as outstanding woman in Somerset County in 2008 for Public Service.

“Hillsborough has been lucky to have Committeewoman McCauley serving the residents of this town,” Hillsborough Republican Chairman and Former Hillsborough Mayor and County Freeholder Ken Scherer said in a statement. “As only the fourth female mayor in Hillsborough’s history, [McCauley] led with distinction throughout her time on the committee.”

In addition to her service as a committee member, McCauley also served on multiple boards and commissions such as Public Safety and Emergency Services; Economic and Business Development Commission; Hillsborough-Millstone Municipal Alliance; Parks Commission; Recreation Commission; Senior Citizen Housing Council; Sign Review Committee; Sustainable Hillsborough Committee; and Finance Committee.

After the committeewoman’s announcement, Hillsborough Township Mayor Doug Tomson not only expressed his experiences serving the municipality alongside McCauley, but said he was looking forward to see what’s in store for her as well upon completion of her term.

“I had the honor and distinction of running for office with Gloria in 2011, 2014 and 2017,” Tomson said in a statement. “I know that I am a better public servant because of the guidance and leadership that she provided me over the years. I can’t wait to see what [McCauley] does next to make Hillsborough a great place to live and work.”

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