Approximately twenty years ago I ran for Millburn Township Committee twice as a Democrat. This was long before being a Millburn Democrat was "in". The local party had pretty much given up and even went a few years with no Democratic candidates running for Township Committee. Only once in the town’s history did a Democrat ever sit on the governing body. So, I decided to run, I was told by “strategists” not to be so open about my party affiliation.
I've always been an extremely proud Democrat. I love what my party stands for. These values are relevant in all levels of government. I ran openly as a Democrat and I was embraced by so many great people. I ultimately fell a little short, but I think I helped pave the way for other Democrats. Millburn has a partisan form of government. You can either run as a Democrat a Republican or as a third party (Independent) candidate.
People become Democrats for a reason and people become Republicans for a reason. These reasons are usually value based. As a candidate if you run away from or hid your party affiliation you are not only trying to fool the electorate, but you are really just fooling yourself.
In the times we live, there is no such thing as an “off year Election”. I truly believe all politics are local. We cannot go back to the republican controlled Millburn of the past, let’s continue to move Millburn forward together. This Election matters for local and state officials, most of all for community involvement
I wholeheartedly endorse the Line A team, John McKeon and Mila Jasey for State Assembly and Mayor Dianne Thall Eglow & Richard Wasserman for Millburn Township Committee.
Millburn-Short Hills Democratic Committee