I moved to Piscataway in 1997. Shortly after, in 2000, Brian Wahler was elected mayor of this town. He was re-elected again in 2004, 2008, 2012, and re-elected once more in 2016. Like everyone else, I read the posts and comments on Facebook saying "Vote him out" and "King Wahler must go" and "Somebody please challenge this guy." 

Well, at long last, somebody finally is! On July 7 we'll all have a chance to break the reign of Wahler politics. It will be my pleasure and my honor to vote Column A on July 7, Bill Irwin for Mayor, along with Kamuela “Nikki” Tillman, Ralph Johnson, and Laura Leibowitz for Council-At-Large. I'm so glad to see a ticket that finally represents the Democrats that are on MY side!

Mayoral candidate Bill Irwin served six years on the Piscataway Board of Education, four of which he was the President. My youngest son was in high school during Bill's BOE tenure and I met Bill at an end-of-year Superchiefs Parent Appreciation Banquet. I was impressed with his warmth, his candor, and his approachability. During his two terms, he oversaw unprecedented success in the District’s fiscal responsibility, labor relations and student achievement, with the District receiving three Magna Awards from the National School Board Association including the national Grand Prize for the “You, I, We, Inspire” campaign.

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In a largely Democratic town, voters hold the power this year to effect this change (voting by mail or in person at the High School or Senior Center), and even many Republicans and unaffiliated voters have decided that enough is enough. If you're content with the lack of transparency of our current administration's boards, and annual tax assessments that result in higher property taxes for homeowners while developers get huge tax breaks in the form of PILOT, then vote for business as usual.

I, for one, am happy we finally have a choice this year. I hope you will join me in voting for Column A on or before July 7.