Now that the 2010 elections are over, I want to take the time to thank the voters of Berkeley Heights who supported me in my campaign for Township Council. While I fell short of victory, I am grateful to all those who were willing to put their trust in me on Election Day. It was an honor and a privilege to meet so many residents as part of my campaign, and to speak out on the issues facing our town. I hope to contribute to our town in different ways in the years to come.
I congratulate my friend, Joe Bruno on his election as Mayor, as well as Tom Pirone and Ed Delia on their election to the Council. The voters chose the Republican "ticket", but I am confident that as elected officials they will seek to represent all of Berkeley Heights. I wish them and the current Council nothing but the best as they tackle the challenges ahead of us.
I also want to acknowledge the "runners-up" like myself, for being willing to put themselves forward and ask residents for the chance to serve. As Theodore Roosevelt put it exactly a century ago:
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
I especially want to thank the "woman in the arena" this year: Linda Weber, my running mate and a wonderful partner on this journey. Linda and I ran a strong, grassroots campaign that saw our team knock on over 2,000 doors in a span of just 2 months. I am sure that Berkeley Heights will continue to see Linda as a leader in our community in the years to come. I also thank John Bonacci, James Riley and John McDermid for stepping "into the arena" and offering themselves as public servants.
Finally, I want to thank a few individuals who helped me tremendously as a first-time candidate for public office:
Governor Dick Codey - for being a mentor and doing so much to help me win;
Howard and Betty Geminder - for working so hard as Democratic leaders in a Republican town;
Liza Hecht - for doing so much for Linda and me as our campaign manager extraordinaire;
John Salerno - for "burning the midnight oil" in putting together our superb campaign fliers and postcards;
And my family - for giving me the chance to try, and giving me so much help in the process.
I walk away from this campaign knowing that I did the best I could. The experiences I had, and the people I met, have made it all the more worthwhile!