Under the current State of Emergency, now more than ever, we must rise as a community to help one another. The health and safety of our families, and those we stand together with in Berkeley Heights, is on the forefront of everyone’s minds as we abide by current shelter-in-place orders and support our loved ones at home as best as we can.

We cannot lose sight of our community’s day-to-day priorities, and we continue to be overwhelmed by how much love and encouragement there is in Berkeley Heights for those on the front lines—our doctors, nurses, rescue squad, fire department, police department and many more—who are working tirelessly to protect our residents each and every day. And it doesn’t stop there. Our town’s government is doing an extraordinary job navigating this challenging environment and getting important and timely information out to us all. Our friends and neighbors are operating as our collective support system as we all struggle with the difficulties of isolation and social distancing through sharing advice on parenting, working remotely, sleep habits, homeschooling and much more. These are the things that matter right now.

Now is the time to be a part of the fight and lend our support to the groups dedicated to helping our frontline workers. Now is the time to help your neighbor by writing an encouraging message on their driveway or giving them a call to make them feel less alone. Now is the time to check in on our seniors, who are at the highest risk during this crisis, and find ways to help them stay safe. Now is the time to support our local businesses and restaurants, who continue to struggle during this pandemic.

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Now is not the time for campaigning and politics as usual. It is one of the last things on the minds of our residents, and frankly it’s one of the last things on ours. So, during this time, we pledge that we will not politicize or exploit the acts of our local everyday heroes, whether they be volunteers or frontline workers, through campaign pages, advertisements or any paid media. Instead, we will not only continue to do the same as you all have been doing in support of Berkeley Heights, but we are also hard at work researching, brainstorming and creating policy ideas that we can bring to the table as we emerge from this crisis and establish a new normal. We look forward to sharing this with you all once it is appropriate to do so.

As time goes on, we will campaign and we will put forth our qualifications, plans and vision as to the type of leadership we believe Berkeley Heights will need. And we can’t wait to do so because that gets to the true heart of why we decided to run several months ago. The Primary election date has already been pushed back to Tuesday, July 7 and we are hopeful that the worst of this emergency will be behind us by then. While the election may not be a current priority, it is set and there will be an impact on how our town emerges from this pandemic, a crisis which has had a crushing personal and economic effect on each and every one of us. Berkeley Heights deserves to have a campaign that focuses on the right priorities, and that is what we intend to deliver when the time is right.

Until then, stay safe, stay healthy and keep taking care of each other.