Several years ago, when Berkeley Heights was still dominated by a Republican Township Council, one person was brave enough to turn that tide and become the first Democrat in over a decade to get elected to serve : Susan Poage.
Well known and well regarded by several who had children in her pre-school class, Susan ran a broad and attractive campaign and assured BH residents that transparency, fiscal responsibility and bipartisan solutions to tackle local issues would be her primary concerns.
Susan was elected in 2017, and in my opinion catalyzed the change for the entire make up of the Township Council. Today Berkeley Heights is stronger, our Government more approachable and more respectful of the citizens that it serves. BUT there are miles yet to be covered, and Susan's good work on the Council is still in progress. We need to vote her back in so she can continue serving us, on the Planning Board, on the Grants Committee and in her commitment to give voice to all BH residents' concerns.
When Susan was running the first time, I suggested a citizen's volunteer Grants Committee, and she operationalized that idea flawlessly. Today this committee fulfills the promise of Purple, and has landed funds for several local projects. It continues to be a vibrant bipartisan citizens' initiative focused on seniors, infrastructure and historic preservation.
Bret, Susan's running mate is a fresh, young voice with new ideas on how to engage and support our current business community and attract new enterprises to our town. His experience in finance, budgets and in building teams can contribute significantly in all the critical aspects of township affairs. He balances out and rounds out the ticket squarely.
Susan is not only thorough in her approach to issues, she is also tenacious and reliable. We need her to be our representative on the Council. We need to elect her back in.
A Vote for Susan is a vote for fairness, and good sense.
That is why I voted for her and her running mate, Bret Sayre, and I urge you all to do the same.