This is one of my favorite times of the year in Summit when many people have left town for vacations and the city is relatively empty and quiet.  If you want to find activity, you head for the pools or maybe one of our ice cream stores.  Standing in front of Magic Fountain some August evening enjoying my cone and the pleasure of running into a few old friends is my idea of a perfect Summit moment. It is part of the many pleasurable experiences we have all enjoyed from living in a community that offers us so much.

My husband and I have lived in Summit for 33 years.  We have raised our three children here and like a lot of you, we believe Summit is a wonderful place to raise a family.  Our children were nurtured by the Summit schools,but also by many other institutions in town, including Temple Sinai, the Boy Scouts and the Junior First Aid Squad. Now we are empty nesters and we are committed to staying in Summit and being involved in our community as senior citizens.  That new stage of life gives me another perspective to think about Summit and what it offers to us.

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I am running to serve on Summit’s Common Council because I care about this town and want to preserve the wonderful fabric of daily life in Summit while also steering us through tough economic times and seeking out opportunities to improve our city.

I am trained as an attorney.   My legal background has always helped me to analyze complex issues and find balanced solutions.  Most importantly, I have a long and deep history of community involvement in Summit that has given me the experience and training to make a real contribution to Council.   I began my leadership positions in Summit as PTO President of Lincoln School and Co-President of Presidents’ Council and as President of the board of Temple Sinai.  For the last twelve years, I have sat on two of our major municipal boards. I was on the Board of Ed for six years, including one year as President and for the last six years I have been on the Zoning Board.  I was appointed to the Board of Education by Mayor Walter Long and to the Zoning Board by Council President, Frank Macioce.

Twelve years of being immersed in our most vital issues –education and our neighborhoods – have given me an excellent foundation for serving on our Council.  Most importantly, I have established a track record and a reputation for how to work collaboratively and effectively as a group. If you ask my fellow board members, I think you will find that they all respect how I think about complex issues and contribute to finding resolution to those issues.

From that experience,  I believe that local issues require pragmatic,non-partisan solutions.  This is a perspective shared by all of my running mates (Eileen Forman Ludden, Susan Hairston and Dennis White).  All of us are concerned about high property taxes. In these challenging economic times, fiscal restraint and moderation is high on everyone’s agenda.  And we are all concerned with maintaining the major assets of our community – including our outstanding school system and our vibrant downtown. 

Recently the parking issue in town has become controversial– both the decision-making process and the proposed solution.  Parking is exactly the kind of issue to address pragmatically.  It makes no sense to me to discuss local parking in a partisan framework.   Instead let’s adopt a process to discuss this in a constructive open way and have a conversation that respects input from all stakeholders and leads to a workable solution, a solution whose basis the community fully understands.

I am thrilled to be living in Summit at this time and to be participating in the debate of how to address the issues that shape what kind of community we will be in the future.  We are fortunate to live in such a beautiful and genuine community.  I hope you will follow the campaign, become familiar with my approach to governing and will help elect me to Council on November 8.

Sandy Bloom

Democratic Candidate for Ward 1