It is unfortunate at a time when our Country needs healing that I am forced to make the following statement. A response is necessary not only to protect my own integrity, but also the institution and integrity of the Office of the Mayor.

At a Board of Education meeting on Thursday, January 7th a public statement was made by a Township resident during the public comment period relative to the local Council race last fall:

“…this particular council person that came to my house… and I don’t know if this is true or not - is this just politicking, so they can get the vote. Said that their child’s internship was pulled by our mayor as punishment. “

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The resident made reference to council person as “her.”

The allegation is not only false, but it IS disgusting. My first reaction to any situation is as a mother. To claim that I would harm anyone’s child is counterintuitive to the person, the woman and certainly the mother I am. 

I hold the position of Mayor with great reverence and act correspondingly to protect its veracity. My belief system is in accordance with my actions as I have worked to help the residents of this community through two public health crises and some extremely difficult circumstances in the history of our Township.

We have allowed personal attacks, falsehoods and the “win at all costs” mentality to replace dignity in leadership, true debate on the issues and basic respect for all people. I AM TRULY DISAPPOINTED!  To the resident who came forward, thank you for your bravery.

This must stop. We are neighbors and colleagues.