On November 3rd we will have an opportunity once again to go the polls to elect our government representatives on the state, county and local levels. Important stuff.
Hopefully the names Jon Bramnick (State Assembly), Gary DiNardo and Vic Sordillo (Township Committee) come to mind for the registered voters of Warren who actually plan to cast their ballots.
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That being said, I would like to turn your attention to another very important election taking place on November 3rd, that of our Warren Township Board of Education.
Four candidates (two incumbents and two non-incumbents) are seeking to fill three available seats. No doubt all four candidates bring different experience and skill sets to the table and I must commend them all for the desire to make this serious commitment to public service.
I do not believe it is my place to tell you how to vote (you all should try to sort that out for yourselves based on what is important to you) but having served on the Board for several years I would like to share my reasons for already having decided to vote for Kathy Helewa (I know what you are thinking...where have I heard that name before?).
Kathy represents to me the best kind of public servant government has to offer, and if I may say, I have been in government services on the local, state and federal levels for the last 39 years of my life, and in that time to my dismay, have not come across many Kathy Helewas (actually only one...this one).
Kathy is bright, energetic, creative, and insightful. She is a good collaborator but also knows when to draw a line in the sand. Keeps her composure under pressure but also not afraid to express her feelings in appropriate circumstances. Perhaps best of all, and this is a big one for me, she has INTEGRITY.
For all these reasons, Kathy Helewa is a person I believe should remain on our Board of Education and so I ask you (still not telling you) to please consider voting for Kathy Helewa for the Warren Township Board of Education on November 3rd.
Her name again, is Kathy Helewa (just making sure you got it).
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ABOUT THE WRITER: Don Huber is a former member of the Warren Township Board of Education and presently serves on the Warren Township Zoning Board of Adjustment. He is a retired fire chief (Irvington, NJ), former Deputy Director of the NJ State Fire Marshal's Office and currently serves in the State Department of Community Affairs as a State Fiscal Monitor. He resides in Warren with his wife Carol and their two children.