WESTFIELD, NJ — About 150 supporters of Dave Haas for mayor of Westfield came to the home of Janice Siegel and Lloyd Marks in Westfield April 21 for a fundraiser that featured Newark's Mayor Cory Booker.
“You’ve got the guy,” said Booker.
The crowd booed when Booker noted that Mayor Andy Skibitsky has not joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, as Haas has said he would.
“It’s been a phenomenal turnout,” Haas said to a standing-room only crowd that cheered when he spoke of a need for fresh ideas in Westfield now.
“We have a downtown that’s just fantastic, but the internet has changed how people shop,” said Haas. In discussing how the town can help local businesses succeed, he spoke of Kidville, a new business downtown that will offer a boutique, classes for both children and parents and children’s parties, and how it took the zoning board six months to approve this new business.
Haas spoke about the need to address gun violence. And he spoke about wanting to find ways to save the town money while restoring services and safety personnel such as firefighters, police and crossing guards that have been downsized over the years.
“We have to have fresh ideas about where to get new revenue and where to save, as well,” Haas told the crowd. “We need to bring in fresh ideas on how to run this town and how to share services.”
Mitch Slater, a member of the Westfield Board of Education, told TAP that evening, “The reason I’m supporting Dave, besides being a Democrat, is because he’s willing to sign Mayor Bloomberg’s gun laws initiative.”
He added, “All I care about is the kids in this town and the safety of the schools. If something positive can be done, I’m all for it.”