Deputy Mayor Ritter Thanks Committee, Township Residents
Friday, January 3, 2014 • 8:45pm
I would like to thank the residents of Chatham Township for their support and the Committee for giving me the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I look forward to bringing change, increased communication and transparency to our local government and working with Kathy Abbot, Bailey Brower, Bob Gallop and Kevin Sullivan to Build a Better Chatham.
I was born in New Jersey and raised in New Vernon just across town. For the past ten years I have lived in Chatham Township with my wife Jennifer raising our three children Will, Mollie and Grace, who attend Southern Boulevard and Lafayette Schools.
My interest in running for Chatham Township Committee was rooted in the fact that I have always taken an active role in volunteering and being involved in my community and because I wanted to make a difference.
In the early days of the campaign, I was approached by both of my opponents with the offer to run as one ticket. I declined both offers indicating that I wanted to remain independent and run on my own merits.
Over the course of my campaign, which involved knocking on hundreds of doors, the residents I met with and spoke to indicated that they wanted change, as well as increased communication and transparency on the Committee.
And while I did not receive the endorsements of any sitting or former government officials, or that of the Chatham Courier who said I was ‘too involved’ in the community, I overwhelmingly won the primary by a margin of 150 votes over my nearest opponent, the former Deputy Mayor.
You see, over the years I have had the privilege of serving on several Boards, including the Chatham Township Zoning Board of Adjustment; the Delbarton Alumni Association, where I also served as President; the Chatham Education Foundation, where I served as Communications Chair, and The Chatham Turkey Trot, a non-profit organization that I founded and currently serve as President that raises funds for the Chatham Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Diabetes Research Institute. In addition, I’ve also volunteered my time as a Catechist at Corpus Christi, as a youth soccer coach and am a member of the Summit Elks.
I have served as First Deputy Press Secretary to New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, worked as Chief Spokesperson and Director of Corporate Communications for W. P. Carey (NYSE: WPC) and now serve as Chief Spokesperson and Director of Corporate Communications for CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT). I received my MBA from Columbia Business School and my BA in Broadcasting from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
I believe these professional experiences, as well as those of running and serving on various Boards, which have required leadership and the ability to work collaboratively and inclusively with differing opinions and personalities, have prepared me well for my role on the Township Committee.