Dear Fellow Scotch Plains Resident:
It is not just Trump and Biden on the ballot this November. The mayor’s seat of Scotch Plains is on the ballot too and I seek your vote.
My name is Josh Losardo. I am our town’s Deputy Mayor and the Democratic candidate for mayor.
I am an attorney and small business owner who loves this town and knows we can do better.
- We can redevelop our downtown, increase our property values and reduce our town’s substantial reliance on property taxes.
- We can improve our antiquated town government with one that is more representative of our diverse town.
- We can work with our neighboring towns to ensure that every opportunity that improves a town’s services and reduces a town’s costs is considered.
In 2018, I ran for Town Council because too many of us rely on others to get the job done. And then we complain because we are not satisfied that the job is getting done.
Since being elected, and then chosen as Deputy Mayor by my colleagues, I have worked responsibly and amicably with the mayor. I am not on the Town Council to play games or seek headlines. I am there to do my job. Behind closed doors, I have negotiated with the mayor to ensure that our town recognizes responsible development, but that we do not become Hoboken, as the mayor has aspired. I have insisted that our town take necessary precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and have advocated to minimize the tax burden on our residents during these extraordinary times.
Decisions are being made at Town Hall that will affect the future of our town for generations to come. I do not say that lightly. We are considering relocating our Municipal Building, the Scotch Plains Police and Fire Departments, and are working with our Rescue Squad to relocate their services as well. Our town has recently applied for a grant that may lead to replacing our library with a brand new library/community center that would provide services for families and residents of all ages.
These are major developments that will change the very face of Scotch Plains. I want to make sure these developments are done right. We must be prudent. We must be responsible. We must be certain that we can afford these undertakings before signing any deals. When every taxpayer is on the financial hook for potential missteps, there simply cannot be any.
I am excited for the coming weeks, as I walk our streets and knock on as many doors as I can, to convince you personally that Scotch Plains can do better, that you could play a part and that I can be a very good mayor leading our way.
Scotch Plains, NJ
Editor's Note: Josh Losardo, Deputy Mayor of Scotch Plains, is running for mayor on Nov. 3. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.