My name is David Dietze, and I seek your support to become the next At Large Common Council member.  

Many ask why I am running. As the current President of Summit’s Board of Education, a small business owner, husband, and father, I may have one of the hardest jobs in Summit.   However, it is an honor to serve the City that I love.  I am uniquely qualified.

A NJ native, I have made Summit my home for the last 22 years.  Wife Claire Toth and I raised our two children here, taking full advantage of the Summit public schools.  Today our son Billy is a college freshman while daughter Betsy is a junior at the High School.

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Not only have I made my home in Summit, I founded and grew a successful small business right in the heart of Summit’s downtown, where we employ 10 wonderful employees.  We support the local merchants and we hear the concerns of those retailers who are struggling.   

Our public schools are the most important reason people move to Summit, the greatest contributor to our home values, and take the biggest slice of your property tax dollars. As President of the Board of Education, I have knowledge and exposure like few others as to how our schools operate. I will continue to advocate on Council for a learning environment that empowers each student to reach his/her potential.

I love our City’s legacy of nonprofit and charitable activities.  I have worked hard for the Summit Area YMCA, Overlook Hospital, the Summit Area Public Foundation, the Rotary Club, and the Chamber of Commerce.  I have invariably sought and received leadership roles in each of these organizations.  I have had the pleasure to support and nurture nearly every charitable institution in Summit.  

In a State and City with some of the greatest tax burdens in the country, being a student of finance and economics is essential to being the best steward possible of your tax dollars. I am well prepared, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna cum Laude, with Honors in my major of Economics, from Dartmouth College. I have achieved the Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Financial Planner designations.  

Few areas of life are more regulated than municipal government. I believe my legal experience, including receiving my law degree from The University of Chicago and over a decade of employment as an attorney in NYC, Washington, DC, and abroad will serve me well.

What do I hope to accomplish?  Let’s start by becoming even more inclusive as a City, unified, civil and courteous. We must continue to establish an environment that allows our schools to do what they do best:  Educate all to their full potential.

Financial discipline is critical. If people can’t afford to live here, then what does it matter how good are our schools, downtown, recreational facilities, and institutions?

What I pledge to my fellow Summit citizens is to work as hard as a member of Common Council as I have in the countless other civic endeavors I have undertaken.  You have my word.

To help, please volunteer in our campaign, share your thoughts and ideas, even consider donating to help us get the message out at daviddietze.com.  Whatever you conclude, vote.  Thank you!

David Dietze