In Westfield on Tuesday, Nov. 3, we will vote for third ward council member. My choice is Mark LoGrippo. Thinking back over my 30 years in Westfield, Mark stands out as a council member who goes above and beyond for our town. 

When Mark began his term, my son Ed was a young teenager. Kids’ safety along roads, and walking and bicycling to school was one of my biggest concerns. Mark listened and helped to make the third ward safer. He’s always been accessible to third ward residents and he gets back to us quickly.

Mark was the vice chair of the financial policy committee and helped Westfield overcome the challenges it faced after the financial downturn. Westfield’s long-term credit rating from Standard & Poor’s remains AAA.

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Westfield was recently ranked as one of the best mid-sized towns for families by New Jersey Family Magazine. Mark works hard to keep it that way, serving on the board of the Westfield Memorial Library, the town council’s Public Safety Committee and the Code Review & Town Property Committee. He is also a member of the Raritan Valley Rail Coalition and has worked to eliminate the change at Newark on most trains – something which long-term residents said could never be done! He continues to work so that direct service is available on all trains, including rush-hour.

It speaks volumes that when a new business opens in Westfield, Mark is almost always there. It shows how much Mark is interested in expanding the vibrancy of our downtown. Just in September, Mark attended the openings of Pure Pita, the Valencia School of Music and Innovative Window Treatments.

I like that Mark knows his constituents well. He took the time to get to know my son and his desire to attend a federal service academy, and he explained how to seek a nomination.  When Ed made Eagle Scout earlier this year, Mark was there to open the ceremony.   

It’s no secret Westfield is a desirable town. Mark LoGrippo is one representative who is working hard not only to keep it that way but make it even better. That’s why he’s assured of my vote on Nov. 3rd.