To the Editor:

Chatham Borough: My name is Thad Kobylarz. I am running to be your next mayor, and I am respectfully asking for your vote. 

Over the past several months, I have spent hundreds of hours knocking on doors and hearing from residents about your hopes and fears for Chatham Borough. 

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You are frustrated with the traffic and concerned that any developments will make the problem worse. You love our tree canopy and want to know what we will do to replace the ash trees being cut down by JCP&L and by Morris County. You are happy to see new businesses downtown but still would like more dining options and greater vibrancy. For the most part, you are pleased with our municipal services, but you still think taxes are too high. Our senior community is expanding, and we need to do more to make senior life here easier. 

As a Chatham Borough resident, dad, businessperson, scouting parent, and taxpayer, I share these perspectives. 

I can’t promise to solve all of our problems, but I can promise that as Mayor I will work hard on them. I will continue my efforts to recruit businesses to relocate into our empty office spaces. I will fight for a comprehensive traffic calming and mitigation plan that looks at all of our roads together and not in a piecemeal way. I will oversee every tax dollar spent as if it were coming out of my own pocket. Working on new, senior-focused programs will be a priority. And I will continue to listen – holding regular office hours as I have for the last two years and acting on your concerns. 

All of this will be easier to do with Irene Treloar and Karen Koronkiewicz serving on Borough Council. Both of these accomplished residents have worked hard for their community and we would be lucky to have their knowledge, abilities, and drive on Borough Council. I have worked with these professionals and know that they get things done.

Tuesday is Election Day. With three open seats, it is a big one for Chatham Borough. Respectfully, I ask for your vote for Mayor and for my colleagues Irene and Karen for Council.  Together we will move Chatham forward in a positive and inclusive manner.