Para atras ni para coger impulso!” (Loosely translated to “don’t go backwards not even to gain momentum”).  These are words I heard over and over again in my home. Life is about moving forward, about learning and making decisions based on new information while rooted in values and integrity.  

As I look at my life in our beloved city of Summit, I have seen progress.  I also understand the discomfort that some have with change and so it’s important for any candidate to listen to all the citizens he/she will serve.

Greg Vartan is a listener.  He listens to understand not merely to respond.  He listens and learns. Greg has served the city in many ways already – Summit’s First Aid Squad (EMT), Planning Board, liaison to Environmental Commission – and he understands the needs of the citizens of Ward 2 as he has lived here all his life.  But what continues to impress me the most is his willingness to sit and listen and to shape his decisions based the changing needs of the current and future population.

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Greg is also inclusive and wants to leverage the energy, passion, talent, diversity and commitment of the people of Summit to help him govern. He believes in a proactive governing body that includes the voices and volunteer power of those being served.

As an “almost empty nester”, I also think about how life will change for my husband and I in Summit.  I know Greg thinks about that too as he has parents and grandparents still living in Summit. Greg’s commitment to the downtown, to opportunities for creativity and entertainment, and to the economic development of our city is important to me as it should be to all of us.  

Greg, recently engaged, is looking to Summit for his future family too.  So I know that he will keep a good watch on our schools, which impacts all of us.  

Because voting is personal and because Greg delivers on the values that I hold deeply - active listening and transparency, progress, and integrity– I am casting my vote in November for Greg Vartan as our next Ward 2 Councilman.

Gloria M Ron-Fornes