Dear Editor,

My name is Rhushabh Mehta (also known as Rush). My wife and I have lived in BH for 8 years and have two children who are 14 and 11. I am writing in support of Ramya’s and Joy’s candidacies for the Berkeley Heights Board of Education.   

I met Ramya last year at a social gathering. One of the things that stood out to me was how much she advocates for all of the Berkeley Heights kids in the college admission process. She has logged many hours in the guidance office at Governor Livingston and has advised hundreds of students and parents in town over the past several years.  

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I am still getting to know Joy, but just based on her background, I see that she has also been actively involved with the youth in our town for over a decade. One of my kids attends GLHS and as a fellow parent there, I know that Joy will be an invaluable advocate for our children. 

They have already demonstrated a commitment to go beyond their current demands of being a mom and having full time jobs. They do all of the above while maintaining positive attitudes. They are very kind and approachable and are willing to work with anyone.

As I write this I have heard some people try to distract us with discussions of voting records. The fact is that Ramya & Joy have spent their time supporting and advocating that all children get equal representation and a high quality education. This seems a more reliable criterion to judge their qualifications and motivations.

If you’ve joined any of the Thursday sessions, you quickly realize that being on the Board isn’t a walk in the park. These last few months have been especially tough and tensions have been high. I think the Board has performed extremely well under these circumstances. There are 2 spots that are open in the upcoming election. Ramya and Joy are wonderful members of our community. They would also be 2 great additions to serve on the Board and most importantly, to serve our children.

That’s why I’m voting for Ramya (#5) and Joy (#1).

Best Regards,