Amid news reports that long time Democratic Mayor James Kennedy will not be seeking reelection this year the Rahway GOP is proud to announce that Republican Leader and City Government Watchdog Patrick J. Cassio, who has been collecting petition signatures for weeks, filed his petition to run for mayor with the Rahway City Clerk at 11:30 AM this morning.
Cassio reported that he had been waiting to file at the deadline on April 12th but decided that since the Democrats announced that Union County Freeholder and city employee Rick Proctor would be their mayoral candidate that it was important for him to let the public know his intentions to run regardless of who the Democrats put up for the job. "I believe that Rahway deserves better," Cassio said adding that he has been knocking on doors talking with a wide range of Rahway voters and that he easily garnered sixty signatures on the petition he filed with the clerk today.
"Rahway needs new blood in City Hall and I believe that my values and sensible ideas will turn this city back in the right direction." He continued that there were too many unfinished projects downtown and too many tax hikes that have made the citizens uneasy about continuing with the current mayor's program of borrowing and spending with no accountability. "Mr. Proctor will only bring more of the same as he already has two taxpayer jobs and is one of the architects of the badly broken government policies in our county and municipal governments that have been financially bleeding the residents," Mr. Cassio stated.
Joining Cassio on the Republican ticket with be James F. Grady 33, Kevin Retcho 44 and Jeff Spatola 43, pursuing at large seats on the city council. The Rahway GOP will be making their official announcement during a press conference on Thursday, April 1st at 3:30 PM at the Rahway City Hall.