The NJ primary election concluded June 6th. Thank you Verona voters for your confidence in electing me your Democratic candidate for the NJ 26th District Assembly. Thanks for making me top vote getter in Verona as well as each of the three counties that comprise the 26th.
There’s 565 municipalities in NJ but when I hear "The Town of Verona", I know first-hand it’s a truly special community. I'm an Essex guy, born in Mountainside Hospital, raised in Cedar Grove (Class of 1965), and I lived 15 years in Verona, 19 years in Caldwell and was elected as Councilman there in 2005. We now reside in West Caldwell where I serve on the Planning Board and Senior Transportation Committee.
When I moved to Verona in 1979 I witnessed a sense of community on a daily basis. It's a tangible culture of optimism and caring for one another that's truly exceptional, and 07044 knows it full well! Volunteer experiences with the Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce and seniors, have continued today as an active Verona Lion for twelve years. Being elected three times to serve as councilman 1987-94 showed me what puts Verona high atop the list of sought-after New Jersey towns.
Just reflect upon the interactive senior/youth connections, the academic, artistic, athletic and musical talent that emanates each year from our school system. On Memorial Day Ceremonial inside town hall I saw crowds overflow even on a rainy day. The spirited May 9th council raced championed democracy in action.
But that interaction of our NJ government representatives with the community is clearly not the norm in the 26th District nor for our three other Essex towns - West Caldwell, North Caldwell and Fairfield. They too are forgotten by Morris County Republicans and so is West Milford out to Rockaway Twsp. That's why I am running!
This is a Thank You letter, but please know the sincerity of my motto. ACTIVISM - ALTRUISM – EXPERIENCE.
My twenty-five years as member of the League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area and the 2016 election demonstrates the validity of their motto. DEMOCRACY IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT
You voters who know me from the old Verona days, know I stand up to bullies and for what's moral and ethical.
My service involves PEOPLE – before POLITICS and PARTY. That's the behavior you deserve. Give me a chance to fight for you, not build a resume' as too many try to do. Reject the status quo that stagnates the 26th.
You'll hear more from me on issues later. Send me your concerns. A website's in progress, but I confess, as a grandfather of seven, right now I know more about face-plant than face-book but I learn quickly and work hard.
Let's give our 26th District an EDGE in TRENTON!