Steve Langert has reached the height of his political career. After several failed bids to get a seat on Lakewood’s Township Committee he was finally elected in 2008. The general impression I’ve gotten from many residents of Lakewood is that they are happy with Langert’s service and many wanted to see him become Mayor. Steve would be the guy to fight to lower property taxes and clean up Lakewood’s corruption. Perhaps, this is why Steve Langert was elected by the Township Committee as the new mayor of Lakewood.
I believe that Mayor Langert has been fighting to accomplish these goals, but the title of mayor won’t help him win the war. In a Mayor/Council government the mayor of a township has much more power than the other council members. Lakewood has a township committee government where the mayor isn’t elected by the people, rather by the township committee. In Lakewood the mayor is nothing more than a title with the exceptions of being able to perform weddings and setting the agenda for meetings. There is actually some power to being an agenda setter in politics, but not enough to bring about the great reforms that some Lakewood residents believe Mayor Langert is capable of.
If Steve Langert wants to be involved in local politics to make a difference he may be making steps closer to that goal, but he still has a long way to go.