To the Editor:

On November 5, Chatham Borough will elect a new Mayor and two new Council members. Mayoral candidate Thad Kobylarz and Council candidates Irene Treloar and Karen Koronkiewicz have the energy and skills to turn Chatham’s current challenges into opportunities. This Democratic slate has concrete plans to revitalize the downtown, tame traffic, build community spirit, and put Chatham’s fiscal future on firm footing.

Mayoral candidate Thad Kobylarz, a partner in the investment firm GT Global Ventures, has lived in Chatham with his family since 2008. He has served on the Borough Council since 2017, and in less than two years has brought together key private and public players to facilitate the opening of a beautiful new co-working space, The Station, in the preserved former Borough Hall. This is just the beginning of Thad’s plans to grow Chatham’s tax base and bring new customers to Chatham’s eateries and shops, while maintaining the charm and tradition of our residential neighborhoods and downtown area.

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Council candidate Irene Treloar, Senior Counsel at Bloomberg L.P., moved to Chatham in 2013 with her young family, choosing our town as the place to raise her children, volunteer in the community, and eventually retire. As part of a dual-commuter family, she is deeply aware of the transit and traffic issues we face, and is committed to seeking long-term solutions.

Council candidate Karen Koronkiewicz, Senior Director, Business Development and Licensing at Nestle, has lived in Chatham since 2002. She is an active lay leader at St. Patrick’s Church, as well as the founder and lead of Dragonfest for Breasts, an annual dragon boat race supporting breast cancer survivor programs. She is eager to use her background in science and business to find economical and sustainable ways for Chatham to continue providing exceptional services while controlling costs - and thereby taxes.

At a time when the Borough is entering intensive negotiations with the developer of Post Office Plaza, Chatham needs Thad’s, Irene’s, and Karen’s crucial skills and experience negotiating complex contracts and business relationships with powerful and sophisticated entities.

I urge you to vote on November 5 for this fantastic slate of Democrats, and support their vision for Chatham: a town with historic charm and a vibrant downtown, bolstered by a twenty-first century economy.

Patricia Soteropoulos
Chair, Chatham Borough Democratic Committee