Candidate Statements

November 2, 2018

Dedicating the past 25 years to Piscataway Township, working in the Department of Public Works has been extremely rewarding for me.  I have had the opportunity to learn first-hand what Piscataway residents want for our town.  As I prepare to retire, I believe that the best volunteer service one can ...

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  My name is Dave Smith, and I am honored to be running for Sparta Town Council.  I am running alongside two other candidates, John Finkeldie and Molly Whilesmith.  We are urging you to get out and vote, and we ask that you vote for us.  We are committed to Sparta and all of you who live in ...

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Recently, my running mates have adequately responded to a variety of issues and false claims made by our opponents.  Therefore, it is my intent to focus on the misrepresentations made with regard to the lack of a town center in Randolph.  Our opponents are critical of the current council and past ...

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After many months of meeting with and listening to residents across Berkeley Heights, I believe our community wants real, positive change in Township government. That inclusive, community-driven change is what Angie Devanney, Alvaro Medeiros and I want to bring to Berkeley Heights government. If – ...

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Isn’t the Issue Honesty? Our opponents say that business as usual is on the ballot next week. It looks to me like honesty might really be the issue. They have made a lot of false claims and promises, far too many to list here, but I must mention a few. David Timpanaro claims that our Township ...

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Over the past couple of weeks, many people have asked me why I want to serve for three more years on Westfield’s Board of Education. My answer is simple. I enjoy it and want to continue to serve our community in this important capacity. Let me count the ways: I love Tuesday evening board ...

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I was troubled to read a recent opinion piece written by the father of an LGBT+ son, implying that I was somehow a threat to his safety.   Given the events of the last few days -- and the actual threat made against my seven children last week -- I am compelled to respond to the author, dad to ...

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Only three towns in New Jersey have Berkeley Heights’ form of government. It is unique because the mayor ONLY votes in the instance of a tie. Currently, there is one differing voice on the Township Council, Susan Poage. If our entire team is elected, given the nasty tone of this campaign, there may ...

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This is a very exciting time for Randolph business! I have been a member of the Randolph Area Chamber of Commerce for nearly 20 years -- including 6.5 years as president -- and a member of the Randolph Economic Development Committee for almost 6 years.  With this experience and background, very ...

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Our opponents in this Council election say that the Township surplus is too high, and that if they are elected, they would find a way to re-distribute the money in the surplus. They do not understand the need of a surplus.  This shortsighted, irresponsible scheme would put Randolph Residents at ...

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BELMAR, NJ — Election Day is quickly approaching. On November 6, Belmar voters will cast their vote for the positions of mayor and two council members. Our team, Walsifer, Wann and McCracken have, during the course of campaigning, laid out our plan and our vision for Belmar for the next four years ...

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My name is Dick Wolfe and I am running for the Bloomfield Board of Education, position #7 on the ballot. This statement is not about me, my platform, what I hope to accomplish if I’m fortunate enough to be elected or the things about our schools I’d like to see improved. This one is about you. I ...

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I am asking all parents and residents to make their vote count in the Board of Education election next Tuesday, November 6th. As a parent of a Berkeley Heights student,  when elected I will make sure to be your common-sense voice and represent you. My primary focus will be to make sure: -We ...

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I have been privileged to serve the New Providence community on the Board of Education since 1999.  I am seeking re-election to the Board because I want to use that experience to maintain and continue the successes and excellence that this community expects from its schools.  With your support, I ...

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Dear Friends and Neighbors, Election Day, November 6, is fast approaching. There is a great deal at stake this year, and voter turnout for local, school, state and federal elections will determine who is elected and what direction we as a nation will take. Before I ask you to vote for me for ...

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Brian P. Toal - Fourth Ward Councilman and Republican Candidate I am a lifelong resident of Clark. I grew up on Fan Street and presently reside on Dorset Drive, since I was 9 years old.  As your Fourth Ward Councilman, I have and will continue to always strive to keep Clark a clean, safe, green ...

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When it comes to issues that impact our community, the size of your business or the size of your home should not matter.  We all deserve a voice and a seat at the table.  Everyone should be informed about important matters and decisions of the council before they happen.  And whether your share of ...

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Twenty-eight percent. A whopping 28 percent of students in South Orange and Maplewood do not attend their “zoned” schools, according to the district’s own figures. While that figure undoubtedly includes families who have opted to send their children to another school, it’s still a surprising ...

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Hi - Greg Vartan here. I want to take a minute to share my thoughts with you about leadership. I believe that regardless of your ideology, there’s really only two types of leaders. Those who seek to divide and those who seek to unite. Negative campaign ads showed up in mailboxes last week in ...

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Experience… what is it and how does it prepare you for being on Township Council? Experience is what prepares us all for the next steps in our task, our day, month, year, and life. That is, if we learn from our experiences.  What we have learned about political experience is it teaches us how to be ...

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My mom thinks I'm crazy -- about running for the school board I mean. In fact, most of my family back in my old NYC neighborhood think I'm crazy. And a neighbor here in Maplewood just said the same thing. So why am I doing it? Why me? What do I think I can bring to the Board of Education if ...

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I am running to serve my second term on the South Orange Maplewood School Board.  I am fortunate to have deep roots in our community. I moved here 14 years ago with my husband and two wonderful children.​​​​​​Dilsher just graduated CHS and Sumer is a Junior at CHS. I have a long history of ...

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BELMAR, NJ — I believe that I would like to respond to my opponent’s recent political flier to the residents of Belmar concerning an apartment complex development on Main Street. This project never passed council approval to move forward; there has been no developers’ agreement with Belmar nor have ...

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During our campaign outreach and day-to-day interactions around Chatham, we have been lucky to meet many wonderful residents, representing different ages, political affiliations, races, religions and backgrounds.  The vast majority want Chatham to embrace the values of diversity and acceptance, to ...

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SOMERSET, NJ - Ed Potosnak (biography) is running for election to the Franklin Board of Education.  Previously, Ed served as President of the Franklin Board of Education leading to significant improvements he also taught H.S. Chemistry.  Ed is executive director of the New Jersey League of ...

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I live in Flemington for my family. It is a place where my two young daughters will flourish. Here in Flemington we have committed residents and business owners who have a variety of wonderful talents and passionate interests - all who want Flemington to succeed. We have a rich history full of ...

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            For more than a decade, Randolph has been under the control of an entirely Republican Township Council.  What that means is for the past twelve years, Randolph has been run by a governing body consisting of seven Republicans and zero Democrats.  While a seven-member council consisting ...

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NEWARK, NJ -- The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a biennial event held in Newark, NJ. It is the largest poetry event in North America and takes place over four days and brings together the "most-celebrated, diverse and vibrant poets and spoken word artists" in the United States.  On ...

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During the past few months I have spoken with with numerous Randolph residents about what matters to them about our School District and I thank everyone for their time and insights. While many of those I spoke with are School District parents, staff and even students, more are those who do not have ...

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It has been a true privilege to serve the people of Maplewood for the past three years, and I am excited to be seeking another term on the Township Committee.  I am proud of what Nancy and I have accomplished with our colleagues during our first term.  From leading reforms within the Maplewood ...

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