CHATHAM TOWNSHIP, NJ – Voters head to the polls tomorrow to decide who will be on the ballot for the township committee general election.
Laura Ali, Christopher Struening and Kevin Sullivan, all Republicans, and Richard Templin, a Democrat, have filed for the primary.
Templin declined to comment, saying that since he is the only Democrat running, he wants the focus to be on the other candidates.
Ali has been involved in the community for many years, including seven years on the Republican Committee. She has three children in Chatham schools and has been the president of the PTO.
“I want people to feel more engaged so they know what’s going on, so they can voice their opinion and be motivated to work toward a common goal,” she said.
As the owner of Triple Win Sales, Ali said she works with companies to develop new saleable marketing strategies and helps them turn around in a down economy.
“I’ve learned to inspire people, to motivate and get things accomplished,” she said. “In my business, I have to see the vision and help people carry it out. Leadership is a quality that not everyone has, and it needs to be utilized in government more and more.”
She said her parents live in Chatham Township.
“They are retired seniors on a fixed income,” she said. “The township also needs to be very aware of the needs of its senior population.”
Ali said she would bring a combination of local experience and business acumen to the township committee.
“I am not afraid to speak my mind,” she said. “I’m very direct, I have no agenda, I want to work very hard for the people. We have to work hard to bring new strategies to the forefront. I have no doubt that I can add value to our town.”
Neither Struening nor Sullivan returned calls to The Alternative Press seeking comment. The primary election is Tuesday, June 5.