WESTFIELD, NJ — Andy Skibitksky, the longest-serving mayor in Westfield’s history, announced Wednesday that he will seek a fourth term this November. Skibitsky, a Republican, was appointed interim mayor in June of 2005 when Mayor Greg McDermott moved out of town. He has since been re-elected three times.

“Many will ask why I want to continue to serve as an elected official in this highly polarized political environment,” Skibitksy wrote in a letter to the editor. “My decision to run for re-election turns, as it has in the past, on my love for this town and for the beautiful fellowship that exists among our residents and numerous institutions and community groups — our houses of worship, schools, athletic leagues, charitable, cultural and artistic organizations, the Westfield Community Center, the Westfield Neighborhood Council and our business community, to name a few. It is a fellowship that is inspiring.”

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