SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Scotch Plains Mayor Al Smith and Councilman Ted Spera have announced their re-election campaign for 2020.

“We ran four years ago with a plan to ensure that the families of this great community would be experiencing the best Scotch Plains yet,” said Mayor Al Smith, who defeated incumbent Mayor Kevin Glover, a Democrat, in 2016. 

“We have worked hard to deliver on our major campaign promises of eliminating taxpayer-funded health perks for part-time politicians, building new sports fields for our children, focusing on affordability, and moving forward with the first downtown redevelopment plan in three decades,” Mayor Smith said.

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"It's clear it's going to take another couple of years to get the downtown really moving. I have a vision. Getting a grocery store, having a part-and-ride, it will make us more of a walkable town, I started it, I want to finish it," Mayor Smith told TAP. "By the time my term is up, we will have a downtown redevelopment plan in place."

Councilman Ted Spera is also seeking a second term. 

“We have the most effective and most bi-partisan team in New Jersey, and because of the community before politics mentality, it is happening in Scotch Plains,” said Councilman Spera. “We will always work with Democrats and Republicans alike to create the best outcome for our community, and as a result, we acquired 2.5 Acres for new sports fields, supported fiscally responsible budgets, increased services, and achieved a AAA Bond Rating.”

"I really enjoy serving on the Council, and I'm thankful for the opportunity to serve. It gives me a front row seat to what's going on in the town," Spera told TAPintoSPF. "We've accomplished a lot of good things, but there is much more to do. This is a great town."

“Scotch Plains has momentum, and we are on the way to becoming one of the premier communities in this state," Mayor Smith added. "We are running for re-election because we believe we have a clear vision for Scotch Plains and are ready to make this community something very special for all of the people.”

Smith and Spera will face the Democratic ticket of Josh Losardo, who is running for mayor, and Ellen Zimmerman, who is challenging for a council seat. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.