We would like to congratulate Manny Couto and Gentiana Brahimaj on their Election Day win. They ran a good campaign and we respect the decision of the voters.

We ran a campaign we were proud of – going door to door talking with voters to hear their concerns and ideas about how to continue progress in our town. We learned so much about what our residents really want to see in our community – and had plans on how we could implement their ideas. Just because we didn’t win this election does not mean we will not stop working. We are passionate about making a difference in our town in whatever capacity we can  - helping out on committees, assisting on task forces, and otherwise helping to implement great ideas with volunteers and Councilmembers of all political beliefs. We truly believe in a “purple” Berkeley Heights – where Republicans and Democrats work together toward a common goal: to improve the services and quality of living for all Berkeley Heights residents, to make everyone feel included and welcomed, and to make everyone feel valued.

We may not have won this election but the people we met, along with the conversations and experiences we had, not only enriched our lives, but they strengthened our belief that we can add tremendous value to Berkeley Heights, and will continue to work toward the betterment of this town we all call home.

Julie Figlar and Rina Franchino