SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Scotch Plains Democratic Committee Chair Linda Stender has announced the Democratic ticket for November’s Township Council elections: John Del Sordi Jr., William "Bill" Thomas and Luisa Bianco.
“John, Bill and Luisa will bring civility and common sense solutions to the Council,” said Stender in an interview Monday morning with The Alternative Press. “They will work to reduce the costs of essential services and improve the delivery of those services to Scotch Plains."
"Our team consists of long time residents of Scotch Plains who have raised their families here and participated in many local youth sports and other activities through their children's schools,” Stender added. “They share a commitment and determination to make Scotch Plains a stronger, more affordable community for families like theirs who have chosen to call Scotch Plains home."
John Del Sordi has been a member of the Carpenters' Union for close to 30 years. He currently serves as Regional Director of New Jersey for the Eastern Millwright Regional Council and as Business Manager for Millwrights Local 715. An active member of the community, he has coached recreational and travel soccer, basketball and baseball. John and his wife, Mariangela, have three children. Their oldest graduated from SPFHS and is away at college, their two younger children are students in the SPF school district. John and his family are parishioners at St. Bart’s.
Bill Thomas is a manager in the U.S. Postal Service, where he has worked for 31 years. Bill was instrumental in the S.T.A.R.T. (Strategies to achieve, Reflect, Triumph) at the Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S. with the mission to develop strategies to ensure academic achievement and to support the students for success in life. Bill and his wife, Karen, have resided in Scotch Plains for 19 years and both of their children were educated in the SPF pubic school district. Having graduated from college, their daughter works in New York City and their son is enrolled at Union County College.
Luisa Bianco has worked at AT&T for 20 years, currently as a department manager. Luisa and her husband, Luigi, have 3 children: a son at Rutgers, a son at SPFHS, and a daughter in third grade at School One. They are parishioners of St Bart's. Luisa has been an active participant of school activities for the SPF varsity boys’ soccer fundraisers, a coordinator for Think Purple, a volunteer for the Variety Show at School One, and a Girl Scout Cookie Mom.
“Property taxes are the top issue,” Stender asserts. “We had the opportunity to save a lot of money through a shared police department with Fanwood in a merger that would have kept service at the same level without a reduction in the size of the force.”
“People pay a lot of money to live here, so we must mind our pennies,” Stender added. “They care about how that money is being spent and how services are provided. John Bill and Luisa will bring the talent and determination to make this town shine.”