South Plainfield – Saying now is not the time to go backward, Council Candidates Melanie Mott and Pete Smith this week discusses the Anesh teams record of results and the forward-looking agenda they are running on.

“Our team has a forward-looking agenda,” said Mayor Anesh. “But we also have the results to show we can achieve it. Melanie and Pete are a great choice for council, and they will keep South Plainfield moving forward.”

“Keeping our town affordable is at the top of the list,” added Mott.  “South Plainfield has one of the lowest tax rates in the county, and we want to keep it that way.”

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“Municipal taxes, controlled by the council, are up less than one percent since 2009. The Anesh team has worked hard to hold the line on taxes and spending.” said Smith.  “When the Anesh team says we will continue controlling taxes and spending, we mean it.  This is in contrast to when the democrats were last in control and raised taxes $404 in just one year. We simply cannot afford to go backwards.”

But the Anesh team’s agenda includes more than just finances. 

The following projects are just a few examples of what the Anesh team has been able to do, while keeping a close eye on expenses:


  • Library Addition: The library doubled in size at no additional cost to the taxpayers.  Patrons and programs continue to increase. In contrast, the democrats promised a new library for over a decade, squandered a $1,000,000 and got nowhere. The Anesh team stepped in and got it done, despite opposition from the local democrat party.


  • The Southside Dog Park has quickly become one of the most popular parks in town. Additionally, the park now connects to the Pony Tail Softball fields for additional parking.  It was the first park added to the Borough’s roster in decades. The previous democrat administration let the polluting property owner off the hook, and left the taxpayers with a $350,000 cleanup bill. The democrats even tried to fight this park from happening. 


  • Willow Park has seen a complete overhaul with a beautiful play structure, swings and the addition of an adaptive play structure. Under the stale democrat days, it was nothing but an eyesore behind borough hall, filled with broken glass, tires, and rubbish.


  • Utility Resurfacing Ordinance: In 2016, Councilman Bengivenga, introduced an ordinance requiring utility companies to repave damaged roads. In just the last two years, over ten miles of roads were repaved at zero cost to the taxpayers. The Democrats, for years, allowed utility companies to dig up our roads leaving tax payers to foot the bill.

 “We know that voters demand results,” said Mott and Smith.  “That’s why we hope to earn the town’s support by talking not only about the Anesh team’s record, but also by talking about how we will keep things moving forward.”

The difference between the two teams running for council is simple, according to Mayor Anesh: “This election is about the future versus the past.  It’s about moving forward or falling backward.  The record shows that going backward would be a huge mistake.  Let’s take South Plainfield forward.”

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