CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Democratic Committee announced its candidate for the unexpired term on the Township Committee. Salil Sheth will be running to fill the unexpired term of Republican John Maurer, who moved out of state and resigned last month.

Sheth was picked by the Chatham Township Democratic Committee at a meeting held Monday night in the Library of the Chathams. He will oppose Republican Tayfun Selen in the special election to fill Maurer's vacant seat. The winner of the Nov. 7 election will complete Maurer's term, which runs through Dec. 31, 2019.

“We are very happy to have Salil Sheth join the ticket with Stacey Ewald and Tracy Ness,” Democratic Committee Chair John Strelkoff said. “Salil grew up in Chatham Borough and moved to the township eight years ago to raise his family. With his professional background and long ties to the community, he will be an excellent representative for township residents.”

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Sheth said he has aspired to be a part of local government since he was a child. “I have called Chatham home for 25 years and now is the time to get involved,” he said.

Sheth graduated from Chatham High School in 1996 and his parents still live in Chatham.

“After living  in Jersey City for several years, I came back to the township with my family knowing it would be a great place for us to raise our three children and provide them with a solid foundation,” he said. “While our town is often mentioned as a great community, receiving state and national accolades, I am disappointed in our committees lack of involvement and overall collaboration with our residents and other towns. We can do better.”

Sheth said that he wants to make positive progress and create a collaborative environment  that will make the Township an even better place to live and raise a family.

Professionally, Sheth is in charge of leading teams in several markets along the Northeast corridor building large scale luxury apartments. 

“Having worked in the multi-family Real Estate sector my entire career, I have built businesses from the ground up and managed the portfolio’s collective financial performance. It is this experience that I intend to bring to the Committee as one of the issues facing the community is the development of the Dixiedale property and our affordable housing requirement,” he said.

He said he is also concerned about the threat of the Pilgrim Pipeline coming through our community and want to work with other towns who are taking preemptive measures, including Chatham Borough.

“In our town, we can do better to engage residents of all ages, be transparent and operate in a fiscally responsible manner while providing a stronger community to call home,” he said. “I am excited about this opportunity and ask for your support in this upcoming election.”