Letter to the Editor:

I have known Township Committeewoman Karen Swartz for over 40 years as we attended High School together in Summit, NJ. While our career paths led in different directions, we still hold very dear our ingrained commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live.

Karen is currently serving as Deputy Mayor in Chatham Township and is seeking re-election. I am a retired Summit Police Captain seeking election for the first time as a Councilman in Summit, NJ. She has shown that same service before self and cherishes the opportunity to continue making a difference in the lives of others. One need only to look at her education, work experience and willingness to serve her community. A public servant and a businesswoman who understands what it is like to support a family, pay a mortgage, and taxes; someone who has experience with capital budgets and household budgets; someone who will strive to keep taxes low and still deliver quality services.

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Karen moved from Summit to Chatham Township in 1990, but brought with her the same commitment to community and hometown pride that we both embraced growing up, to her role in the Chatham Township Committee. Anyone who has followed her brand of governance already knows where she stands on prudent spending and fiscal responsibility and these, of course, are critical factors in successful local government. That is the brand of government that we know has served our towns well for decades, and which will continue to do so with Karen’s re-election on November 7.

I endorse Karen Swartz wholeheartedly and highly recommend to the voters in Chatham Township to support and vote for her on November 7th.

John Dougherty
Willow Road
Summit, New Jersey
City Council Ward 1 Candidate