Dear Editor,

My name is Iwan Juwana and I write in full support of reelecting Mayor Jim Baldassare and his running mate, Kate Grochala, for Bernards Township Committee. Jim Baldassare is currently the Mayor of Bernards Township and has done an incredible job running Bernards Township to keep the residents first and our town safe. Mayor Jim is a person who leads by example and I am inspired by his work ethic and dedication to transparency and efficiency.

Mayor Jim was heavily involved and proactively helped residents during the 5-day power outage after Storm Isaias. He helped folks clear debris from the storm and held JCP&L responsible for its slow reaction. Mayor Jim also directly provided assistance to senior residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, to make sure that they got the help they needed during the early weeks of the lockdown when most people were required to stay inside their homes.

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During this year as Mayor of Bernards Township, Jim clearly demonstrated solid leadership during a time of uncertainty. We need direction and input of his leadership towards making this town a place where people from all backgrounds to call home. Jim's commitment to keeping our town 100% debt-free is also very commendable, considering that New Jersey is one of the most indebted states in the nation.

Kate Grochala is a long-time resident of Bernards Township. As a Constitutional attorney, Kate has a robust knowledge of legal issues that are relevant at the local level. She served more than 20 years on the Somerset County Republican committee. She is a very dedicated woman who focuses on the residents by providing the Committee suggested solutions regarding recent issues such as the power outage. Further, Kate has solid experience at the state level and deep knowledge of the Fair Housing Act, which will help prevent forced deals with potential overdevelopment in Bernards Township.

I most admire both Mayor Jim and Kate for their selfless volunteer work. They are very proactive in the community and provide great insights into the Township Committee matters. There is no question they are the best candidates that Bernards Township has to offer during this challenging time. With proud enthusiasm, I support Baldassare and Grocahala for the Bernards Township Committee, November 2020 election.


Iwan Juwana