Dear Editor,

As a South Orange resident for many years, parent who has raised two children through the public school system, local small business owner, volunteer, and active community member, I want to heartily endorse Walter Clarke, Karen Hilton, and Steve Schnall for the position of Village Trustee.

I have had the honor and pleasure of working with both Steve and Walter in their current roles as Trustees through my involvement and years of experience in the South Orange business district and various volunteer projects. They have consistently shown me, through their vision, commitment, and integrity that they are absolutely the right candidates to continue the great work that is being done to improve the infrastructure and vitality of our Village.

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As a parent, I am thrilled to have finally had an opportunity to spend time with Karen Hilton. Due to her years of volunteer and public service in South Orange, I had heard her name on countless occasions as a force working for the good of our community, from volunteering at all levels of our public school system, to sitting and chairing the Board of our library. Few residents have worked harder or with greater passion than Karen and after spending time with her, I am convinced she will carry that passion into her role as Trustee.

Individually, these three candidates possess the needed skills, experience, and knowledge for the job. Together, they will be a true force for good governance and constructive dialog in our community.

I urge every resident in South Orange to vote in the May 9th election and to vote “Row B” for the three candidates who I believe have proven their worth to our community and will continue to move South Orange forward as an inclusive, vibrant, and sustainable community.