To the Editor:

As Election Day approaches, this year’s campaign remains one of the most important in Bridgewater’s history. As some of you know, I’ve participated in a lot of that history, having first settled in our community in 1950 after my service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, which included 117 combat missions during the Second World War. I’ve lived in Bridgewater for 70 of my 100 years. As our town prepares to vote, the battle to preserve our community from overdevelopment remains the defining issue for our future.

While overdevelopment in Bridgewater has been in the news recently, it is not a new fight for me. Just last year, a dedicated group of residents, myself included, fought to preserve the Wemple property, a pristine 35-acre parcel of land in the center of our town off Foothill Road. In that battle, council president Matthew Moench was an ally in the effort to preserve this property. I believe that Matthew Moench as the next mayor of Bridgewater, along with Michael Kirsh and Timothy Ring on the township council, will continue to lead us forward in preserving Bridgewater’s quality of life.

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Throughout this campaign, Matthew’s opponents have played politics with his record, distorting his position on the rehabilitation of the Sanofi site on Route 202/206. The truth of the matter is simple: Moench is fighting for a sensible plan to modernize this site and restore it to productive use while opposing the current Center of Excellence plan, which has expanded far beyond what is good for this neighborhood.

Moench’s opponent in this election has not been in the trenches with us working to preserve our town and the character of our community.  He recently told a local reporter that he was not really all that aware of what the project entailed and the scope of the project until relatively recently.  Neighbors, this is no time for learning on the job. We need someone as our mayor who knows the issues confronting our town and is ready to take action on day one, and that person is Matthew Moench.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, our town will once again go to the polls to exercise our most fundamental right as citizens – the right to vote. It is a right that I fought for during my service in the military and a right I have exercised vigorously time after time in defense of our great town. On Election Day, I ask you to join me in defending the preservation of our community and quality of life by voting for Matthew Moench for mayor and Michael Kirsh and Timothy Ring for council.

See you at the polls!

Sincerely,

Bob Vaucher

Bridgewater