We want to thank all the residents of Berkeley Heights who cast their votes for us this year. While we do not know who has won the second seat, due to the need to count Provisional ballots, we know that at least one of us – Susan – has been elected to the Township Council!
It has been 11 years since our town chose a bipartisan governing body, and we are humbled by the strong response to our message: that it’s not about “red vs. blue”, but Purple – bringing our community together to make real, positive change a reality! This is a remarkable achievement in a town that otherwise voted for every Republican on the ballot, and it shows the strong support we received from voters of all political views. We recognize the trust placed in us, and whether it is only Susan or both of us, we will not let you down!
We wish to congratulate our competitors, John Sincaglia, Jeanne Kingsley and Tom Maciejewski for stepping forward and seeking to serve our community. While we have not always agreed on how to make Berkeley Heights an even better place to live, all of us want to make this happen. This election emphasized the need for all of us to come together to embrace a positive, respectful conversation on how we can do this, and we will do our part to make this a reality.
Above all, we cannot thank sufficiently all our volunteers, supporters, and family, without whom this remarkable journey would not have even been possible, let alone realized. Dozens of volunteers went door to door, made phone calls, sent postcards, emails and text messages, spread the word on Facebook, and joined us at events across our community. It was truly a grassroots, people-powered effort that made all the difference! We will be holding a special “thank you” party for all of them in the weeks ahead.
Most importantly, we want to thank our families: Russell, Alex and Maddie Poage; and Amalia, Adrian and Beatriz Medeiros, respectively. Their love and support has been nothing short of incredible, and we’re grateful they have been able to share this journey with us.
Whatever the final outcome, this is only the beginning of Change We Can Agree On. We look forward to working to make Berkeley Heights more and more “Purple” in 2018 and beyond!
Susan Poage – Councilwoman-elect