Meet the Candidates: Sam Siler

Siler, one of four Democratic candidates, is a former councilman.

On Nov. 8, residents will have the opportunity to go to the polls to vote for four members of Gloucester Township Council. Gloucester Township Patch will share information and some of the thoughts of the nine candidates seeking four Council seats throughout the week of Oct. 9.

Name: Sam Siler

Political Party: Democrat

Years of residency in Gloucester Twp.: 36

Job: Retired U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel

Education: Bachelor's of Science Degree, North Carolina A & T University; Master's of Science Degree, American University

Family: My wife, Joyce, and I live in the Erial section of the Township. We have two sons—Mark and Orrin.

Why are you running for Gloucester Township Council?

I feel that I can make a significant contribution to the township by serving. I served my country and my community, and it has been both an honor and privilege to do so.

Have you ever held public office?

Yes, I served with distinction on Gloucester Township Council in the 1990s.

Why do you feel you are qualified to serve as a member of the Gloucester Township Council?

I feel that I am qualified to serve as a member of the Gloucester Township Council due to my prior experience as a Township Council member, my experience as a member of the Gloucester Township Zoning Board, and my leadership training and experience as a military officer. With my prior experience as a Council member I can be effective on Council from day one and will not have to go through a learning curve.

What is the biggest issue facing Gloucester Township as we approach the end of 2011? How do you feel the issue should be addressed by Council?

During my travel throughout the township I found that most people are concerned about the high property taxes. I think that is a major problem in most parts of this state. The current administration has worked hard to control the increase of the property tax problem. I will be supportive of renewable energy projects to help reduce our utility cost. We must continually think outside of the box to come up with new ideas on how we can operate the township more efficiently.

What do you feel is Gloucester Township's biggest asset at this time? How would you exploit that asset to the township's benefit?

I feel that our biggest asset at this time is the residents of this township and their participation in governmental activities. We have a mayor that listens to the residents and has been effective in utilizing the talents of both governmental and individuals in making significant improvement in the operations of the township. The best government is when the residents and administration work together to accomplish common goals.

How do you plan to balance spending and revenue during tough economic times?

I think we must control spending and look for ways to increase our revenue. The mayor and present administration have taken action to avoid a tax increase in the municipal budget for the past two years. We must continue to explore ways to operate more efficiently.

Do you feel the current Council is effective? Why or why not? Where do you think the governing body could improve?

I think the current Council has been effective by installing solar energy systems to reduce energy cost, participating in municipal shared service agreements with other governmental agencies that have saved thousands of dollars, and continuously looking at ways to more effectively operate the township.

Editor's Notes: This is the seventh of nine profiles on candidates for Gloucester Township Council. Glen Bianchini's profile and Samuel Garro's profile ran Monday, Darren Gladden's profile and Theodore Liddell's profile on Tuesday, and Orlando Mercado's profile and Linda Musser's profile on Wednesday. The following is the schedule of publication for the remaining two candidates: Democrat candidate Tracey Trotto today at noon and Republican candidate Erica Weissmann at 6 a.m. on Friday.

Aside from minor formatting changes, the responses each candidate provided to the above questions appear here unaltered.

Sean McCullen (Editor) October 13, 2011 at 02:00 PM
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Mskline October 14, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Mr. Do as he's told since the Sandy Love days. A blast from the past and he's back to raise taxes higher and higher than ever. He's made THOUSANDS off this towns and contributed to Gems pollution. I surprised he's still alive. He's old. He is their black councilman they need that black vote. Yes Sir, Good old Siler. "They Have No Choice" South Jersey's most powerful political boss, Commerce Bank executive George Norcross, has a certain style: You're either part of his machine, or you get crushed by it. Can anybody stop him?
Mskline October 14, 2011 at 04:34 PM
GEORGE WILL DO ANYTHING EVEN BRING BACK THE DEAD TO SERVE SO LONG AS THEY DO AS THEY ARE TOLD http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/inventingourselves/images/03-05-04_full.jpg
N/A November 05, 2011 at 05:22 AM
Allowing posts like the two above to stand despite placing a warning makes one wonder if the editor is actually placing the comments to sensationalize his investment and keep his friend’s advertisements running...but all need not worry no matter who wins it will be a blessing just to get the albatross Crystal Evans off the council so someone who actually wants to show up for a council meeting and help GT will gain a seat.
Justin November 05, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Councilwoman Evans is laughing at this Pathetic currently under federal investigaton Democratic Party. Of course they are cheering. She bought the Feds in to uncover the dirt that has been going on in this township and she told them she was going to do it. Evans is Awesome and she knows exactly how to re-invent herself. Of course the Greedy People show up. Norcross needs the votes and they can go and plan their kickbacks. She's has enough evidence on them and that's why the FEDS raided the place. Evans is a Godsend.
Justin November 05, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Sam Siler - Same old Face and same old puppet taking direction from the Political Machine http://invention.smithsonian.org/centerpieces/inventingourselves/images/03-05-04_full.jpg
Danny November 05, 2011 at 10:10 PM
The Honorable Councilwoman Crystal Evans sure did give these low down dirty Corrupt group of Democrats and that Political Machine a run for their money, she is not playing with these people. She is going after them and she should. They mistreated her terribly all because she stood up for the people. Lady Councilwoman, you stood your ground and you will be admired for all you've done. Thank You, keep up the good work, we know you are far from being done and won't quit until you get all those who did you wrong locked up. It pays to put people in Check
N/A November 06, 2011 at 05:18 AM
Just like always, she quit on the taxpayers of GT because it was all about the money to her. The governor demanded she stop violating his executive orders and not double dip pay checks and what does she do? She stops showing up to her voter elected position as council person failing to attend meetings and refusing to help lower our school budgets and now she continues to turn her back on Gloucester Township and the tax payers to collect on her extremely lucrative low show, high pay position in the DMV. She has turned out to be just another exposed fraud played on the taxpayers by Governor Christie. While we all struggle to buy bread while having to pay exurbanite high taxes while she is collecting a lucrative high salaried low show position appointed Republican Governor Christie in exchange for her support of him. Must be nice for the Governor to be able to buy her support with a low show job like that.
terrance jones November 06, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Mrs. Evans only looked out for herself. She never did anything for the working black people of this town. Not one more black person hired in this twp. Now take a look at Miss Ellis, she did alot since she got on the board. She is the reason more black's work in the b.h.p.r.s.d.. , and this town. Miss Ellis did not get bought off with a 80,000+ job at dmv
Danny November 06, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Our Councilwoman is smart because she has always said it's about People Not Parties. N/A your on council and you are about Parties and Cold Cash Councilman Daniel Hutchison. You need to support your kids in private school and that inground pool you just got since being with the Dems. You have a big red mark and word on the street is that you are the number one council person being investigated. You and Piccolo have alot in common. Your making Millions Hutchison and your concerned about Ms. Evans who does accept a council salary, but you and the rest of your greedy collegues do. Hutchison is receiving million dollar contracts and kickbacks on bankruptcy deals. Your law firm and you as a councilman are making BIG BUCKS. Perhaps you need to be oprahed. Wonder what we'll find. Watch your comments, you may be next in the papers being exposed Hutchison. You seem to have an obsession with a black womans salary. What about the salary Gentek makes with that company Taffet and Corzine are tied to and the multiple salaries Mercado gets from his THREE POSITIONS and Three Pensions, LETS NOT forget the Mayors Multiple jobs.
Danny November 06, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Siler made some big bucks with his horse ranch and pac money. Love has three homes as a former Mayor. One in Florida, one in Wildwood and one in Gloucester Township. How much does a Mayor in this township make to afford all those houses and have a husband on disability all those years. Makes you wonder. Good thing the Governor is in office. He can look into all of this.
ymbdfa November 06, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Danny you’re a funny girl from woods edge section of GT. Crystal Evans did not make up that statement at all like everything else she took praise for she took that statement from the first person she first pulled an "Et tu, Brute". Here is the original statement she took and tweaked. "It’s not about if you’re a Democrat or Republican it’s about if you’re a good person trying to do good things for Gloucester Township residents that I look for in who I support." Yes that is a quote from the person you are all making legendary here on Patch Just like Brutus, Ms Evans will meet her end on Nov 8 and how poetic is it that, just like Brutus, her end will be from the same people she chose to help for power, greed and money. The Republicans never had intention to give her power just like Mark Anthony never intended to give power to Brutus; He like her was just dumb enough to believe they were important, when they were really needed for was to get close enough. Ms Evans has already suffered the same fate as Brutus did for his actions she is just too stupid to see it.
Danny November 06, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Ms. Evans voice was silenced and she do what she could until Mayor Mayer came in. He didn't even let her host the black history month. Mayor Mayer gave it to Orlando to host. It was very rude: Check out the article. It was on the radio station and they said that the Mayor was ignorant for what they did to her. He lost alot of respect from people in power. http://camdengop.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/dave-mayer-snubs-gloucester-twp-councils-lone-african-american-for-black-history-month-event/ Evans was the only person who raised money for the Haja Koroma foundation and Evans can't hire anyone because the democrats have the jobs on FREEZE. Understand the system. Ellis was introduced to Evans when at the Legislative office when Ellis was unemployed and guess who helped ELLIS, Ms. Evans. Evans Helps everyone so don't let that Mayor and his council tell you different. Where was he when Haja Drown. He cared more about dogs than a little black girls death.
Danny November 06, 2011 at 06:00 PM
I have a first and last name ymbdfa Councilman Hutchison ESQ and its not some made up name like you have Hutchison, ymbdfa, N/A, Julie Donahue. It's Danny, so deal with it. Our Councilwoman is well respected and people high up know the crap she is dealing with concerning small minded people like you and the Mayor who are controlled by a political MACHINE. Evans can care less about you and your pathetic do nothing council. The best thing that could happen to her is to separate herself. Look how much you have to spend just to get re-elected. All those contract kickbacks for campaign literature that is misleading lies and trash. It's amazing. All it takes is some revamping on the oppositons end one day and your all done. Imagine that. You have to get your people re-elected, your corrupt contracts and multiple jobs depend on George Norcross to get his people back in. I can see you in handcuffs Hutchison. You'll be the first one they take out. They didn't give you the Assembly seat. The Mayors Secretary got it over you. A Silly Dizzy Secretary over YOU. The Democrats never trusted you anyway. They use to cut you down so bad and they still do. Your a complete joke to them and so is your Unibrow. The things they said about that and still do. You'll never be anything more Hutchison than a low level councilman in this township, NOTHING more and thats if you make it to your final term without getting arrested Councilman Hutchison. Your just a White Wayne Bryant to the Democrats
Danny November 06, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Wayne was an attorney, Just like you.
terrance jones November 06, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Crystal, where were you on that sad day ? Why did'nt you help that poor black child ? Oh Dannyboy the pipe you smoke is calling you again .
Danny November 06, 2011 at 06:12 PM
Councilwoman Evans is the only councilwoman who does not take a salary or Pension on Council and the only councilwoman who has raised money for the Haja Koroma Foundation, none of the other council members helped, not even the Mayor. You should talk to Haja's mother. She gives alot of praises to Ms. Evans who has pushed a recreation center for the youth. She wants to hired people, but the jobs are on freeze in the state. Mayor Mayer has been swaying minds to think otherwise, you'll soon learn about his shenanigans and lies.
Danny November 06, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Where were you? We know for a fact that Councilwoman Evans was there. You'd think the mayor of the township would have been there too, but he was to busy with worrying about a K9 dog that got hit chasing a black boy across the road. Check out power 99 they talked about it. How embarrassing was that?


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