Stokes Pledge To The Town of Westfield - No Lawn Signs from my Campaign

As I run for re-election for Town Council, I reflect on the Westfield of old and the Westfield of today when it comes to campaigning, politicking and civility. I value my neighbors, our local businesses and the Westfield community as a whole, therefore I, Councilman Stokes, pledge the following:

  • No Lawn Signs 

Four years ago my lawn signs sprinkled the neighborhood and upon personal reflection, I have come to realize that the Westfield of old is what I would like to bring back to the 4th Ward.  Even though I have recycled my signs from the last election, I have decided not to put up lawn signs throughout the town because I recognize that my opponent and I share mutual friends both inside and outside of Westfield.

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Having neighbors choose one candidate’s sign over another pits “neighbor versus neighbor,” “patron versus patron” and in some instances  “business versus business.” With this pledge in mind, I took a proactive approach and reached out to my 4th Ward opponent to let him know my position and respectfully requested that we could make the 4th Ward leaders across town with this stance. By doing so, we would initiate bringing Westfield back to a time when lawn signs were not even considered.

As an independent thinker and incumbent, I will continue to be the voice on your behalf... One that thinks local, supports Westfield and takes pride in our neighborhoods and downtown.  I will leave you with an insightful passage from Robert Frost that resonates with my approach to governing: 

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Respectfully,

Councilman Doug Stokes
Westfield, NJ