Candidate Statements

October 23, 2018

Dear Neighbor, I’m Nancy Yewaisis, candidate for 2nd Ward Council. I want to be Your Neighbor in Town Hall. I came to Clark fairly recently. A West Orange native, I moved to nearby Scotch Plains when I married. My husband Joseph, and I raised three children there. After Joseph’s death, I ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I would like to respond to the political flier my political opponents mailed to the residents of Belmar on Saturday, October 20. First, let me assure everyone that our beachfront, during the summer, was safely protected by our Belmar Beach Patrol. Coming from a family of ...

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I believe that Roxbury is an amazing community.  We have beautiful parks, are ideally located in Morris County, and we have a good school system.  Over the last year I have advocated for what I believe are necessary and valuable changes that would benefit the schools and our community and have ...

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Many governing bodies at the federal, state and county level make development funds available to their constituent entities in the form of grants. These grants can be applied for by municipalities to augment tax collections in satisfying whatever needs may be covered under the grant ...

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A Piscataway resident for over 30 years, with my wife June, I have raised two children that have graduated from Piscataway’s public schools. In addition, we are blessed with a grandson that is a Children’s Corner graduate! A former soccer coach, I was also an active parent in the schools, and ...

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I am honored to serve as First Ward Councilman for the Township of Clark. Sixteen years ago, I pledged to do the best I can to explore any option that may lessen the financial burden that has been placed on you. You see, for me, when I am pursuing an initiative or voting on an issue, l’m voting ...

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As we approach Election Day on November 6th, Rupa Kale and John FX Keane want to articulate their positions on key issues. This is the first in a series of position papers. During their conversations with residents, Rupa and John have frequently fielded questions regarding the new household ...

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Communication encourages collaborative team work and is not only important but is expected of our elected officials. Tap into Randolph has created a section exclusively for the mayor to communicate with the residents. This can be used for statements, brief updates, and overall communication in ...

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 In my campaign for Randolph Township Council over the past seven months, I have had the pleasure of interacting and communicating with my fellow Randolph residents in a manner that has been as enlightening as it is pleasurable.  I, along with my three Democratic running mates (as well as our ...

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This past summer marked 20 years from the time when my wife Mary and I purchased our home in New Providence.   Our story is likely similar to yours. We were initially drawn to the community due to its great schools, proximity to the city, quaint downtown and beautiful homes.  I recall Mary and I ...

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Since I declared my candidacy for Chatham Borough Council I have been asked time and again, “Why are you doing this?” Most of my friends and family members would rather have a root canal than run for office. At first, I found myself searching for the best way to express my reasons, but no answer ...

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My name is Rachel Koshy, and I am running for Randolph Township Council.  I obtained my bachelor’s in nursing from India and worked as a nurse in at St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. I received my master’s in nursing from St. Peter’s University and my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree ...

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Thanks to Randolph TAP for this opportunity to share a little about my background and my thoughts about the direction of the school district, and to the readers for taking their time to get familiar with what I have to offer the community. About me and my family: My wife Rachita and I moved ...

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I have lived in Scotch Plains for 8 years with my wife and two kids – Matthew and Dea. In all these years, I have always looked for ways to give back to our community. Currently, I am a: Sitting Commissioner and Vice Chairman of the Scotch Plains Parks and Recreation Commission. A recent ...

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I ask for the voters' support in my candidacy for Bloomfield BOE.  I am Michael Heller, a 20-year resident with two daughters in district.  I have been an active parent-participant for over 9-years, a former Board Member, and hold the New Jersey School Boards Association Certified Board Member ...

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Shovels are in the ground for the NEW Municipal Building to replace the one built in 1939!  This is one of the biggest projects our Town has ever initiated in our history. It’s truly groundbreaking.  Keep in mind that we will house the police, recreation, engineering, administration, seniors, ...

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TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Board of Education to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and are not edited in any way. Following is a submission by Nelly Celi on how the Paterson Board of ...

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TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Board of Education to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and are not edited in any way. Following is a submission by Amany Ramadan on how the Paterson Board of ...

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Bus safety is an issue regularly discussed each school year as a consistent concern for many parents. This year the main concerns center around the youngest students. Having a K-2 elementary school introduces challenges when oldest children on the bus are 8 or 9 years old. Typically, older ...

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TAPinto Paterson has invited all candidates for Board of Education to offer statements on several key issues related to the future of Paterson. These submissions will be run in their entirety and are not edited in any way. Following is a submission by Dr. Melissa Baralt on how the Paterson Board ...

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Our children deserve a safe and healthy learning environment. Of course, most people would say they agree. Yet for far too long, our district has neglected routine maintenance and repairs that have only gotten worse with time, and driven up the costs for current and future generations. As a ...

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BELMAR, NJ — My parents owned a funeral home in northern New Jersey. It was a family business, and we were very involved in our local community. The municipality, other business owners, schools and many town residents worked very hard and were committed to making our community a great place to ...

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I have lived in Randolph for eight years with my husband, ten-year-old daughter and eight-year-old son. I grew up in neighboring Mendham Township, and my husband grew up in Chester. Before having children, I worked as a Marketing Associate at CitiStreet, now ING. When we moved to Randolph, one of ...

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Why are you running for re-election to the Piscataway School Board? I have benefited from the kindness of others many times in my life. My entire education from kindergarten to Ph.D. did not cost my family or me any money, but it surely wasn’t free. It was paid for by others in the belief that ...

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Last week, the Township of Warren voted to accept a court-imposed settlement with the NJ Fair Share Housing Center.  This was unwelcome news for many Berkeley Heights residents. As many will recall, this is the same property that Berkeley Heights residents overwhelmingly voted to prevent ...

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I am not a politician.  I strive to be a good mother, wife and friend. My parents, who immigrated to this county, shaped my values. They taught me the value of rolling up my sleeves and working hard to solve problems and get results. Their life lessons made me who I am today - the right leader for ...

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We must end the groupthink mentality on our BOE. I recently noticed that the current incumbent Board of Education members running for re-election have teamed up to create a joint campaign task force and are publishing joint articles and candidate statements. I believe this is why the parents ...

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I have a unique skill set that I feel prepares me well for a position on the Sparta Township council.  I provide project management, process improvement, and analysis of data services.  Plainly stated, I listen to people, understand the problems, design a solution, and implement it.  My experiences ...

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My name is Eliza Schleifstein and my husband, Todd, and daughters Darcy (RHS junior) and Emily (RMS 7th grader), have lived in Randolph for the past 15 years.  I am proud of our District and this is a very exciting time for us all, but not without its challenges.  As my family did in 2004, ...

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My name is Dick Wolfe and I am running for the Bloomfield Board of Education, position #7 on the ballot.  I want to clarify my position on an important issue that is one of the hot buttons of the campaign: Class III security officers in the elementary schools. I have made statements in ...

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