• Thank you for visiting my website. As Deputy Mayor of The Township of Maplewood,

    I think that together, we can continue the work to keep our town affordable, enhance safety,

    and drive sustainability while preserving our culture and diversity.

  • Family Frank

    INSIDE THE McGEHEE HOUSEHOLD

     

    My wife, Marie, our talented daughter, Madison and I have been residents of Maplewood since 2013. We have a dog too, Sunshine, our labradoodle. Originally from the Hyde Park section of Chicago, Illinois, I graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received my MBA from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business. I am an analytical marketer with experience managing the strategic and day-to-day logistics for million dollar marketing budgets, staffs of up to 32 people with accountability for generating multi-million dollar annual top line revenue.

     

    Marie is a Director of Corporate Communications at a Fortune 100 Company where she is responsible for promoting technologies that are changing how we live, work and play. She is also an active volunteer for several non-profit organizations in Essex County.

     

    FRANK AND MAPLEWOOD

     

    After relocating to Maplewood, I became immediately involved in the community. I participated in numerous PTA events from the Tuscan Fair to the Spring Fling at Tuscan. I became a regular on “the blacktop“ before joining the executive PTA board as committee co-chair, responsible for recruiting and assisting all committee chairs with the various school events held throughout the year. I also proactively reached out to our local civic leaders expressing my interest to serve on various community boards and attended numerous meetings. Based on my experience with the Economic Development Commission in Newton, Massachusetts, coupled with my admiration for the charm of Maplewood, and concern regarding the impact on our school district, I became involved in the Post Office development matter and joined a community organization.

     

    As a member of the Maplewood Library Foundation, I co-launched a new fundraising event, Kids Jamboree, to assist with the board’s aim of subsidizing the costs of materials or programs outside the scope of the library’s annual budget to support our wonderful libraries. While serving as a Trustee with the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, I championed an organizational construct initiative to help reposition the organization for continued success in our community.

     

     

    FRANK ON THE JOB

     

    If your household is like mine -- top of mind is ensuring that Maplewood remains an affordable, yet unique place to live. My extensive strategic planning, budget management, marketing, and financial services experience has provided me the background to manage municipal costs in Maplewood and the tools to think outside of the box to market our economic centers.

      

     

     

     

  • Platform

    Together, We will continue to:

    Strengthen pedestrian and public safety

     

    1. Better law enforcement of our current speeding and traffic laws.
    2. A Pedestrian Empowerment Plan - Launch a town-wide plan which educates our children, commuters, seniors and residents on ways protect themselves as pedestrians.
    3. Work with homeowners to keep walkways clear for pedestrians so they avoid stepping into the street.
    4. Advocate to see the initial work presented at the Pedestrian Summit implemented.  

    Drive generation diversity and greater age friendly services

     

    1. Taking action on the results from Grotta FUND for senior care study.

    2. Work to establish a joint Maplewood South Orange seniors committee

    3. Raise awareness of the shared housing model which allows seniors to rent out part of their home to other people and relief some of their tax burden.

    Advocate for responsible development in our commercial districts  

    1. Professionalize this process - request a third party financial analyst, paid for by a developer as required by state law to create a proforma for a proposal to help prevent unnecessary PILOTS or tax abatements.
    2. Advocate for making Maplewood Village a Historic District.
    3. Explore making the Hillcrest commercial area a Special Improvement District.

    Champion shared services with South Orange and other neighboring towns.

    1. Continue the deeper dive into our core operational expenses such as public works and fire. Evaluate and communicate the results of current consulting studies underway and provide transparency into that process for all. 
    2. Explore outsourcing services to help reduce cost while maintaining or improving the service levels.
    3. Implement a vendor assessment process inclusive of short-term evaluations coupled with benchmarks before long-term commitments.

    Solidify Maplewood's commitment to Sustainability

    1. Work to reduce our carbon emissions footprint by 20%.
    2. Explore ways to make our municipal buildings and operational logistics more green to better our local environment and reduce cost. 
    3. Work to win the 2017 medium municipality Sustainability Champion Award from Sustainable Jersey.

    Preserving our culture and diversity

    1. Create greater opportunities for civic engagement for people of color in the municipal process.
    2. Tackle racial and ethnic disparity in our community by proactively working for those who feel underrepresented, strive to let all residents know that they matter.
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