CHATHAM TOWNSHIP – Michael Kelly announced this week that he will seek re-election to a second three-year term on the Township Committee.

“I ask the voters for their support to continue on the township's governing body,” Kelly said.

“Over the past three years, working together, the Township Committee and administration have improved services while keeping the municipal tax rate below what it was in 2006.  I am proud of our accomplishments, and I ask the voters to allow me to continue to address the challenges facing the township in the years ahead,” Mr. Kelly said.

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Kelly has a longstanding record of community service.

Prior to his election to the Township Committee, he served on the Chatham Township Environmental Commission where he organized and ran the successful Sapling Sale which resulted in the planting of more than 350 trees to replace some of those destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  He is an active member of Corpus Christi Parish. 

His volunteer positions have included: President of the Summit-New Providence Rotary Club, President of the Chamber of Commerce of Summit-New Providence-Berkeley Heights, President of the Parish Council of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Summit, and Co-president of First Night Summit, a New Years Eve celebration of arts and entertainment.  He spent more than a dozen years coaching various youth sports programs.

He was born and raised in Chatham Township and, with his wife Maureen, returned to the township in 2011 after they had raised their three children in nearby Summit. They are the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

Now retired, Kellyt spent his professional career working as editor and publisher at the Independent Press, the community newspaper serving Chatham Township and six adjacent towns. He spent nearly 40 years covering local issues, observing the best practices of various municipal governments, writing and editing news stories, and offering his own opinions in editorials on the newspaper’s commentary page.      

Since his election to the Township Committee, Kelly has served on the  Communication, Finance, and the Audit and Budget subcommittees. He is the governing body's liaison to the Department of Public Works, the Open Space Committee, the Municipal Alliance and the Community Garden. He enjoys gardening and, in addition to his plot at the Community Garden, he tends a large vegetable garden at his home.