To the Editor:

Walk the halls of the schools in our town and you will find "Kindness Counts" posters and messages everywhere. As a longtime Chatham public school teacher, I appreciate the importance of showing our children how to work together, how to respect different ideas, and how to be mindful of one another's feelings. At what age does it become acceptable for the adults in our community to buck the standards of behavior that we set for our children? Dishonest personal attacks and toxic bullying tactics have no place in our Chatham Township politics - not in public Committee meetings, not from the social media pages of our elected officials, and not on the campaign trail.
As a lifelong Republican, I really do believe that change is needed and that the Ewald/Fondaco ticket is the overwhelming choice for this election! I am proud to be able to support candidates with a constructive vision for Chatham Township's future: how to navigate redevelopment under the already-settled Affordable Housing obligations negotiated by last year's Township Committee; how to maintain our Township's fiscal stability in the face of a shrinking surplus and contracting ratables, without sacrificing community services; how to make the necessary investments in our infrastructure and facilities while minimizing the burden on taxpayers; and, equally importantly, how to serve on the Committee while modeling a standard of integrity and civility that all Chatham parents would be proud to see their children follow.

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The Ewald/Fondaco ticket has the practical business experience and deep community ties needed to guide our beloved Township through this critical phase. They will always put issues over rhetoric, and will work tirelessly to ensure that our local government finds smart, effective, collaborative solutions to the many issues in front of us. I hope you will join me on November 5th in voting for Stacey Ewald and Celeste Fondaco.  Their lifelong dedication to (and love for!) the Township is obvious to all who care to look.

Peggy Melvin
Chatham Township