For now David Spaulding's political career is over, but it ended in honor, or so proclaimed the New Jersey General Assembly Feb. 9.
Mr. Spaulding, president of Spaulding Group Inc., Somerset, N.J., a consulting firm to money managers, and publisher of its Journal of Performance Measurement, was honored for his "exemplary tenure" as mayor and councilman in the township of North Brunswick, population 38,000.
The proclamation for Mr. Spaulding, a Republican, was sponsored by a Democrat, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula, who represents the area.
Mr. Spaulding chose not to seek re-election last year after one four-year term as mayor and two years on the township council. "For a part-time position, being mayor was almost full-time job," he said. "My business was suffering as a result."
"We wanted him back," noted Patrick W. Fowler, senior vice president-operations.
As mayor, Mr. Spaulding said his style was to run the township like a business, and he patterned himself after former President Ronald Reagan, seeing his role as a chairman and CEO, coming up with a vision and setting policies while hiring good people to implement them.
Mr. Spaulding sought to put the township's financial house in order. Property taxes went up 1.4% during his four years as mayor, he noted.
The new mayor, Democrat Francis "Mac" Womack, was quoted by a local newspaper as saying Mr. Spaulding's tenure "will be remembered as one of expanding services and fiscal responsibility." He added he was retaining some of people Mr. Spaulding had hired.
Mr. Spaulding remains active in supporting the Republican party and aspires to run someday for governor or the U.S. Senate, he said. "I would seek a full-time position in politics," he said. "When I do that, I will be ready to leave my company."