(Editor’s Note: Three at-large council seats are up for grabs in the Borough of North Plainfield this November. Democrat incumbents Keiona Miller, Frank Righetti and Frank ‘Skip’ Stabile are seeking re-election; the Republican challengers are Robert Fisher, Gary Lewis, and Henry Stoner. TAPinto North Plainfield will be publishing profiles on those candidates who responded to requests for interviews. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8 and council terms are four years.)
NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – A resident for 75 years, Democrat Frank Righetti is seeking re-election to his fourth consecutive four-year term on the North Plainfield Borough Council.
Righetti was appointed to the council in September 2000 fill the remaining four months on an unexpired term and, that November, was elected to his own seat. During his 16-year tenure on the council, he has served on various boards, committees and commissions. Currently, Righetti sits on the borough’s Planning Board and also serves as the council’s liaison to the Somerset County Division of Solid Waste Management.
A father of four who attended North Plainfield Schools, Righetti worked in plumbing, heating and air condition for over 35 years. He has nine grandchildren and, on a local front, is a member of St. Joseph’s Church.
As a teenager growing up in North Plainfield, Righetti used to cruise down Somerset Street on Thursday nights and he remembers Mountain Avenue being mostly woods with no sidewalks or streetlights. “There has been a lot of change over the years,” said Righetti, noting that as a member of the council, he has supported bringing in new and thriving businesses, including Costco, to the borough.
“That site was terrible, horrible but now, it is thriving,” he said. “As a member of the council, it’s all about making the right decision. While it depends on the issue, it all comes down to what is best for the town.”
If re-elected, Righetti said one of the items he would like to see the the redevelopment of the vacant Villa Maria property ‘move along.’ “That site would be great for senior houses; it would be beneficial to our community and have no impact on the schools,” he said.
As a member of the council, Righetti said his goal is to keep North Plainfield ‘friendly, bring in good businesses and provide a town that everybody can enjoy.’ “We have open spaces, parks to play in, a nice community center – all things needed to get people together and offer them reasons to stay in town, especially on the weekends,” he said.
Residents, said Righetti, should re-elect him to the North Plainfield Borough Council because he is dedicated to the seeing the community succeed. “North Plainfield is a small, friendly community and I want to stick around and make sure this town is viable and strong and that we do everything we can to keep it that way,” he said. “I have only the best interests of North Plainfield residents at heart.”
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