To the Editor:

To my fellow Chatham Township residents,

A heated, Republican, contested primary is over. Among the divisive rhetoric, the message our community received was this - that only a small group of people, with a certain ideology, are fit to represent this town. This message is not just disrespectful but disparages the vast majority of our community who pay taxes, volunteer selflessly, and work continuously to benefit the community that is
Chatham Township.

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This is not how I see our Township government working. It should work for ALL of us. As we start our campaign for the general election, I want to focus on the needs of our Township; on proactively addressing challenges and on fostering ideas to make us better, together.

• We need to set goals and plan for our fiscal future. No more kicking the can down the road as we continue to lose revenue and deal with our affordable-housing, court-settlement obligation.
• We must be proactive, not reactive, in enforcing our ordinances so building sites are maintained properly and trees don't get cut down needlessly.
• We need to monitor the remediation of the Rolling Knolls site to find the best outcome for our residents.
• We must continue to work collaboratively with neighboring towns to share best practices and to identify cost-saving services.
• We need to engage all residents in decision-making for our community.

There are many challenges that lie ahead for the Township. To navigate successfully, we need a representative with a depth of knowledge of the Township, a track record of successfully engaging residents, a strong financial management background and, an ability to think holistically and innovatively. We need to put the Township and our residents first. I will be holding meetings with
residents to hear your ideas and concerns. Stop by and say hello at the Democratic Club of the Chathams booth at Fishawack on Saturday. We can all move forward, together!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Stacey Ewald
Candidate for Chatham Township Committee