WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Democratic Committee announced its slate of candidates for mayor and town council Wednesday, introducing Michelle “Shelley” Brindle, the newcomer challenging Westfield's longest-serving mayor, Republican Andy Skibitsky.

A 23-year resident of Westfield and the first woman in the executive suite at HBO, Brindle promises, if elected, to “proactively solicit input from all residents using every communication tool available … We need to harness the collective ideas from all of our citizens to re-imagine what is possible.”

To read more about Brindle, click here.

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In Ward 1, Linda Habgood will face incumbent Sam Della Fera.

“Our town has a winning combination of attributes — smart citizens, strategic location, financial strength and great schools,” said Habgood, who is co-owner of a financial advisory business that facilitates foreign direct investment in healthcare, clean power, education, start-ups, telecommunications and infrastructure around the world.  “I am committed to making Westfield even better.”

To read more about Habgood, click here.

 In Ward 2, Michael Dardia will run against Republican James Corcoran. Dardia recently founded Trifecta Health Consulting, LLC.  He also serves as the vice president of Operations for Partners In Care, Corp., a company focused on improving the delivery of care for independent physician practices throughout New Jersey.  

“Living in Westfield is in many ways like being part of a team. We all seem to want to get involved so that our hometown can thrive,” Dardia said. To read more about him, click here.

In Ward 3, David Contract will run against incumbent David Oliveira. A marketing executive, Contract and his wife, Valerie Latona, are the owners of Westfield’s now-famous “Wall of Love.”

“A key part of managing a brand is understanding what people want and implementing solutions,” said Contract. “This is what I plan to do if elected to town council.”

To learn more about Contract, click here.

In Ward 4, Dawn Mackey will run against  incumbent Keith Loughlin.

As the former owner of Once Upon a Café in Cranford and an events company, Mackey understands the challenges of local businesses and what they need to thrive, according to the Democratic Committee.

“It starts with asking questions and listening to answers,” she said.

To read more about Mackey, click here.