To my fellow residents,
I am running for the Township Committee to make a difference and give back to the community where I have lived my entire life. And I have never seen it so bad.
The ugly, negative and partisan rhetoric of the 2019 Republican Primaries has spilled over into the Township Committee meetings. As a community volunteer and long-time resident, I join the many residents who are appalled by divisiveness paralyzing our local government. It’s time for Township over Partisanship. It’s time for a respectful, efficient, proactive and collaborative Committee interested in solving the problems we face.
My family settled in Chatham Township in 1865 and I have a long history of serving our community. Twenty-five years ago I fought to turn Shunpike from a four-lane to a two-lane road for the safety of our residents and I served on and am currently an Auxiliary member our Emergency Squad to help our residents. I was one of the first members of the Open Space Committee, a member of the Tree Committee, a past President of the Art League of the Chathams, an artist who works are displayed in the Municipal Building and a beekeeper.
I am concerned about the overdevelopment that has occurred in our community that leaves very little room for seniors to stay, empty nesters, to right-size or young couples to move in. Our Master Plan did not mean for this to happen. But then our Master Plan is out of date and become a part of the “hands-off” government that our opponents embrace. Trees are coming down, our paths are overgrown, our circulation plan to connect our community was never passed and our water is being polluted by plastics. That’s not the township I know.
We need people on our Committee who will look out for our residents, for our environment, for our open space and the wellbeing of our community. I hope I can be that person and I ask for your vote on November 5th. We can do better!