The residents of Westfield made a clear statement in last week's election. Mayor Skibitsky was one of the first people to congratulate Mayor Elect Shelley Brindle on her victory.  He left his own party moments after the results were in and walked in to Shelley's celebration at Ferraro's to shake her hand and wish her the best.  I was by his side when the results came in, as I was over the past 10 months of this year.

The purpose of my letter is to express my gratitude. My gratitude first and foremost to Andy for giving me the honor of working as his campaign director. It was a once in a lifetime experience, and one that I will be forever grateful for. Andy is an exceptional man. An exceptional husband. An exceptional father. An exceptional mayor. An exceptional leader and an exceptional friend. His wife and partner, Debbie, is equally exceptional.

I am a very hard working woman, having come from a corporate background working in New York City for 18+ years.  I have never worked harder than I did over the past 10 months, as a volunteer. The impact that this experience has had on me is the knowledge that Andy Skibitsky, Acting Mayor JoAnn Neylan, Councilmen Sam Della Ferra, David Oliveira, Keith Loughlin, Mark LoGrippo, Frank Arena, Ken Donnelly and Doug Stokes have worked like this for years. It is an impactful realization — that there are people like this who have wives, husbands, children, full-time jobs and then manage to find this kind of time to serve their community. There is no pay, no expense account, only service. That Mayor Skibitsky did this for 12 years quite frankly blows my mind. 

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Campaign work is unbelievably stressful. Unbelievably fun and unbelievably bonding. The campaign team that I worked with did a phenomenal job. The friendships that I made will be lasting and the support that I received during this time will not be forgotten. I met people in my community that I would have never otherwise met and I am closer to my community than I ever have been.

Regardless of your politics, I hope you will join me in expressing your appreciation to the mayor and councilmen who finish their terms this December. We owe them a debt of gratitude and respect.  Regardless of your politics, I hope you will also join me in expressing your congratulations and best wishes to Mayor Elect Shelley Brindle and Council Elect Linda Habgood, Dawn Mackey, David Contract and Michael Dardia. I know that I and my family will continue to do all that we can to support our officials and our town.