With the election fast approaching, I would like to draw your attention to an issue that has not been discussed nearly enough.  Over the last 12 months, there have been several incidents in our borough of hateful, racially-based comments directed at our neighbors.  As a long-time resident of New Providence, I am appalled and disgusted at the lack of civility in a community that I have called home for 35 years.

This is an issue that effects all of us, whatever our race, ethnicity, or creed.  I believe in a diverse community where we offer each other acceptance, respect, and kindness.  When we do, the entire community benefits including newcomers and long-time residents. 

But my disgust is not enough.  I commit to my community that I will not accept this behavior.  As a member of the Borough Council, I will stand against intolerance and bigotry, both veiled and overt, and make sure all residents feel welcome and safe.

My opponents think that “inclusion” starts and ends when we elect members of racial, ethnic or gender minorities to our Borough Council.  I know that it means standing up for all of the members of this wonderful community.  If you agree, please vote Column A on Tuesday, November 5th.