The Summit Municipal Democratic Committee (SMDC) kicks off the 2019 campaign by announcing three candidates for local office: Nora Radest will be seeking a second four-year term as Mayor of Summit; Beth Little is running for a second two-year term as Common Council Member at-large; and Danny O’Sullivan will be on the ballot for Common Council representing Ward 1.

“We are excited to have such strong, committed candidates again this year,” said Andrea J. Stein, SMDC Chair. “Summit is at a critical point in setting course for the future, through projects like the redevelopment of Broad Street West. We need forward-thinking, creative and collaborative leaders like Nora, Beth and Danny.” 

Mayor Radest has been a champion of many innovations over the past four years, including full-day kindergarten (recently approved by the Summit Board of Education), the public-private partnership that funded Summit’s Community Center renovation, enhanced traffic and pedestrian safety, and a robust process for engaging residents and businesses in planning. “I’m proud of what our town has accomplished over the past four years. And I’m even more excited about what’s ahead, as we envision the Summit where our children and grandchildren may live,” Mayor Radest said. 

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Since Beth Little assumed office, she has focused on the Economic Development Advisory Committee as well as Affordable Housing, the Summit Housing Authority, and Summit Downtown Inc. “Our strong downtown and Council’s great relationship with the business community allowed us to pass a budget with a zero-increase in taxes last year. I am committed to finding even more ways to keep Summit open and inclusive, so people of all ages, incomes and interests can thrive here.” 

Danny O’Sullivan may be a new name on the ballot but he is well-known in Summit—not only for his height (he is 6’11”) but for his work with many community organizations. In addition to substitute teaching in the middle school, Danny has given his time to Summit Basketball Club, Summit Soccer Club, Summit Softball, and St. Teresa’s Religious Education. Danny and his wife, Sharon, have lived in Summit since 2006. They have two children attending Summit public schools and their oldest child recently graduated. Why run for Common Council? “It’s a privilege,” Danny said, “to live in Summit and be part of this community. What better way to express that than to serve on Common Council? I want to make sure different points of view are heard and considered in the decisions that will shape Summit’s future.” 

For more information on the candidates, visit noraradest.org and bethlittle.org. Danny O’Sullivan will be following suit in the coming weeks with a campaign website. Or reach out to the candidates by email at reelectnora@gmail.comvotebethlittle@gmail.com, or votedannyosullivan@gmail.com. For more information on the SMDC, visit the website at https://www.summitdemocrats.org/.