MONTVILLE, NJ – Long-time Montville resident Truscha Quatrone announced at the Sept. 19 Montville Township Democrats meeting and subsequently via a Facebook post that she is launching a write-in campaign to be elected to township committee.
Currently there are three candidates running for two open slots on the five-member committee. Mayor Richard Conklin is in the race on the Republican ticket to keep his seat on the committee. Republican Committee Member Richard Cook, who is also running again to keep his seat.
On the Democrat side, newcomer Venancio Fuentes ran unopposed in the Democrat primary.
The two winners of the November election will hold their positions for three years, beginning Jan. 1, 2020.
Quatrone, who ran for township committee unsuccessfully twice before, said that she is running because she finds the “lack of responsiveness and failure to communicate by the present committee and several of the township boards unacceptable.” Her goal is also to “end one-party rule” in the township and “have an open ear for all residents.”
“I have been concerned about the treatment that residents receive from the township committee and the planning board,” she told TAPinto Montville. “When residents ask questions at meetings, they should be answered, not dismissed or ignored. It is my hope with a more diverse board there will be someone saying from the dais, ‘we are here to help, and how can we help you?’”
Quatrone has lived in the township for more than 29 years and also ran for Morris County Freeholder twice. She has been the Democrats’ municipality committee chair and was the vice chair of the county Democratic Committee.
Conklin told TAPinto Montville that he has known Quatrone for years.
“This is what elections are for,” he said. “We’ll let the public decide.”
Cook also said the voters would decide the winners.
"I think it’s great that Truscha has decided to run," said Fuentes. "She understands the issues, is committed to the town, and has the experience to get things done."
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