I have been a resident in Berkeley Heights since 2002, and I am proud to be a member of this community.  Lately, with the changes to the elected local government, I have noticed messages that did not align with my understanding of our town and county.  As a consequence, I am concerned about the trajectory of the current election.  

Along with misrepresentations of where current services come from, and what our tax dollars pay for, I recently also learned that the candidates claiming to be “Team Purple” are really more aligned as a group of Democrats trying to gather your attention.  Originally, I thought … That’s great, they are giving credit to all members of the Town Council.  What else was I to think, right?  For the past two years Democrats have been saying they are purple and will work with both Republicans and Democrats.  In order to get purple you need red and blue.  Well, that’s what they want you to think.  As a practical matter,  it does not feel this way.  

The Democrats are taking credit for all the accomplishments made this year including grants received through efforts by the previous administration.  They are forgetting about our Republican Council members Manny Couto, Jeanne Kingsley and Peter Bavoso.  I would like for purple to stand for giving credit where credit is due, no matter what party it comes from.  Do we really want more of this same “purple” rhetoric?  I think there is already enough purple on the Town Council. 

For me, I can only surmise ”Team Purple” is more of a gimmick than a genuine political approach.