Dear fellow resident: 

My name is Stephen Yellin, and I'd like to serve you on the Berkeley Heights Township Council. 

Why, you might ask, did I use the word serve, not "run", in asking for your support? The difference, for me, is that I take the responsibility of being a Councilman seriously;  should you give me your support on November 5th, it means that you are trusting me to represent you, your family and neighbors in helping to lead Berkeley Heights. It's more than that, however. 

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You are trusting me to serve with energy and committment to the work facing our Township. 

You are trusting me to listen and learn what you think about what we're working on, before I decide how to vote on a given issue. 

You are trusting me to look at the challenges we face - how to hold taxes down, restore much-needed services, repair our streets, and fight to get more support from Union County. 

As native New Jerseyan and future President, Grover Cleveland once said, "Public Service is a Public Trust". I want to give back to Berkeley Heights - the town I was born and raised in, went through our public schools, and been involved in town government since 2007 - and public service is the best way for me to do that. 

Each week between now and the Council election on November 5th, I'll write about the issues facing our Township, and what our Council can (or can't) do to move our community forward on each of them. What I will not do, however, is make any promises that I cannot guarantee I'll keep. After all, how many candidates have sought our votes (yours and mine) over the years by promising to cut taxes, provide one service or another, or resolve all our problems overnight? How many times have we been disappointed when they don't deliver?

The one promise, then, that I will make is this: I will do the very best I can, for all that I can. It's a promise that, should you entrust me with your vote on November 5th, I will be certain to keep. 

Feel free to send me an email at stephen@bhdems.com if you have any questions or comments for me. I check it daily and will make sure to get back to you within 48 hours; if I can't answer a question right away, I'll find the answer out and give it to you as soon as possible.  

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out. 

Stephen 

It is not necessary that you be famous, that you effect radical changes in the government or that you are acclaimed by the public for your efforts. It is not even necessary that you be successful. I ask only that you offer to the political arena, and to the critical problems of our society which are decided therein, the benefit of the talents which society has helped to develop in you - John F. Kennedy, 1957