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My name is Donald Elting and I am running for Cedar Grove Town Council.
Born and raised in Bloomfield, NJ, I moved to Cedar Grove in 2004 after marrying my wife Melissa. Together we’ve made Cedar Grove home to our family: my step-son James, daughter Jacey, daughter Jillian and our family rescue dog, Coby. We are parishioners of St. Catherine of Sienna Church and are active members of the community in both scholastic and recreational activities. I am currently on three national client advisory boards related to healthcare informatics.
As a graduate of Mountainside Hospital; School of Radiology, I began my professional career working as a Radiologic Technologist, specializing in CT and MRI. It was during those years that I learned the communication skills necessary for my current position, The Director of Operations for Hackensack Radiology Group. During my tenure, we have grown from a single hospital group to a multi-hospital group, as well as one of the largest outpatient Radiology practices in NJ. Leading an organization through growth and change has helped me to hone an expertise in Project Management, which is what I hope to bring to our community as a councilman.
Why am I running to be your next councilman?
Through the years I have witnessed many council candidates run on the platform of “Saving Our Land,” yet parcel after parcel is disappearing. I will encourage the community to attend council meetings so that their voices and concerns are heard and they can see that the important decisions in town are brought forth to the council and responded to as a community. Most residents are unaware that the approved units being built by KHOV DOES NOT meet all of our COAH requirements. In addition, most residents do not attend or are even aware of council meetings, as well as other committees involving town resources. I will use social media to encourage debate, new ideas, as well as to bring the issues to residents that can’t make the meetings due to schedule conflicts.
I possess a personal and professional prospective on what’s working well in town, where improvement is needed, and what we can do together to grow our community with foresight so that the next generation will desire to call Cedar Grove home. As an elected official, I will be accountable to the people of Cedar Grove. Like many of you, I moved to Cedar Grove to raise my family in a safe community with excellent schools, and I do not want to see it resemble the places we have left. Over the next 4 years, Cedar Grove will see a population increase that it has not seen since the 1970’s! My pledge to you is to be a free and independent thinker, engaging in healthy debate of the issues before me. I promise to fight for our PILOT money to be used towards infrastructure, its intended use. Citizens will be encouraged to express concerns and I would welcome their input and participation. We all need to work together and put Cedar Grove First!