My wife Caroline and I moved to Westfield from Hoboken 17 years ago to raise our two kids. When I started my campaign, I promised them I would remain true to who I am, and to earn the trust of our neighbors one conversation at a time.
I’m an avid cyclist and love being outdoors—it’s why my family and I moved across the street from Tamaques Park. We can, and should, preserve the natural beauty of this treasured public space. It’s why I held several campaign events in the park, and invited neighbors to attend the Strategic Parks Plan workshops with me to ensure Ward 4 voices were heard.
Through this process, I met Zachary, an 8th grader at Edison, who walks every day to-and-from school on Rahway Avenue. In the absence of bike lanes, he told me kids ride on the sidewalk to avoid being hit by cars in the street, and how this impacts other students’ ability to safely walk. Recognizing the opportunity to be heard, he was inspired to submit his own ideas for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Plan survey. When people like Zachary tell us we need to improve safety and accessibility, we need to listen. Pursuing these conversations with our neighbors, and actively making Westfield as livable as possible for all residents, is what being a councilman should be all about.
For years, my wife and I were that sandwich generation—raising our children and also caring for my wife’s parents. Like so many families in town at the time, we faced a lack of information about senior services and spent hours searching for basic services for them. While knocking on doors in Ward 4, I’ve met so many seniors who’ve built their life in Westfield and want to remain in town. While the Mayor heard their concerns and established the Senior Advisory Council, making resources and services accessible to residents and caretakers, there’s still so much opportunity ahead of us. As your councilman, I’ll work to achieve solutions and improve the quality of life for residents of all ages.
I graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Economics, and helped grow a $120mm family-owned business over 15-years. It’s where I learned every aspect of running a successful company from the ground up—including cleaning the warehouse bathrooms as a teenager. Today, I’m a regional operations and sales manager for a major retail distribution company.
I wouldn’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn't do. And there’s no part of any obligation, personal or professional, that I shy away from. I will maintain this discipline as your Ward 4 Councilman, and I humbly ask for your vote on Tuesday, November 5.