NEWTON, NJ—Matthew Dickson and Jason Schlaffer have announced that they will be running for Newton Town Council this election year.

According to Dickson, their focus will be on “transparency, accountability, and growth. We believe in trying to have the community engaged in the decisions being made. We are trying to bring a sense of community back to residents.”

Schlaffer and Dickson will be hosting a “Meet & Greet” event this Saturday, March 31, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the 4 Chicks Café, located on Spring Street.

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The Easter Bunny is also said to be there making an appearance.

This event, according to Dickson is meant to be informal and give the residents an opportunity to get to know both candidates, as well as ask questions about any topic.

“We are new, young voices and believe we have some ideas that can benefit the town, and will do everything in our power to provide tax relief to the residents,” said Dickson.