Candidate Statements

August 1, 2021

I'll come right out and say it.  I don't like wearing my mask. It's uncomfortable and, for me, a soft-spoken type, frustrating in that I often feel like I'm shouting at people while wearing one.  All things being equal, I'd prefer to not have to wear mine again and, I'm hoping that things stay in a ...

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Brightwood Park is one of Westfield’s only natural parks — replete with historical significance, original forest, native flora, migratory birds and walking and biking paths. It was also a favorite Saturday classroom location of beloved science teacher, Noel Taylor, who is memorialized in the ...

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I’ve been in an information systems role for over a decade. In that time, I’ve been fortunate to work with some truly talented people, experts in their fields. One thing the experts have in common: when solving a problem, they follow a well-informed process that results in the best solution for the ...

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By now I hope many of you know my name and that I am running for mayor. When I first announced my candidacy back in February I stated that I am running primarily because we don’t talk to each other with respect and civility any longer — we are no longer treating each other as neighbors. Open ...

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I grew up in Summit. Power outages are common. In the years since Superstorm Sandy they seem as much a part of our summers as the Fourth of July fireworks or trips to Magic Fountain. Power outages are not just inconvenient or a nuisance, but for many of our neighbors they’re much more than that.

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Hello Summit Neighbors, I’ve been out on the campaign trail for the past several months, and I’m really enjoying talking with, and more importantly, listening to so many of you. I’d like to begin by thanking you for your approachability and your time; the conversations have been diverse and the ...

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If you're familiar with the state of our storm drains throughout Westfield, you may have recently learned that taxpayers are now left with two options: sign up for text message notifications that tell you when a street sweeper is coming your way, or you can “adopt” storm drains close to your home ...

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On Wednesday, July 14, I attended a meeting at Edison Intermediate School regarding the planned turf fields project to be done there. This was a special meeting for residents in the immediate neighborhood, so they could voice their concerns about the project. In attendance were members of the BOE ...

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We’re now halfway through Summit’s three-month gas-powered leaf blower (“GLB”) ban pilot program, and many Summit residents with whom I speak continue to demand answers to the purpose of the pilot. From the beginning, we’ve had no clear understanding of what this pilot program was to accomplish ...

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As the Town Council liaison to the Recreation Commission 2018 and 2019, I’d like to clear up the revisionist history surrounding the Tamaques Park turf field “plan.”  To be clear, there never was a fleshed-out plan for the park. A consultant who had been on retainer by the Town for 20 years was ...

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Dear neighbors, I’ve been serving on Summit’s Common Council for 30-months. In these last two and a half years, I’ve written a long-form update like this every six months to supplement my Vartan’s Views videos after every Council meeting. These are a way for me to detail those things I believe ...

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Hello Summit Friends & Neighbors, My name is David Fosgate, and I am running as a candidate in Ward 2 for Summit Common Council. My wife Jenny and I moved back to her hometown of Summit six years ago to raise our three wonderful teenage daughters. During that time, we have immersed ...

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Over the weekend, I witnessed an enormous number of exciting things happening in Westfield. Have you had a chance to enjoy the music @ Open Quimby, visit our first microbrewery? Or perhaps study the new mural at the train underpass and then enjoy a burger and libation at our new bar on Central? I ...

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The best advice ever shared with me was luck favors the prepared. Growth and progress don’t just happen; they result from hard work and preparation in implementing strategies to move forward. As your Ward 2 Councilman, I’ve taken this advice and put it into action by listening to my friends and ...

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Eleven years ago, I bought my first home in Summit. Not long thereafter, my wife, Melissa, and I celebrated our engagement at Fiorino's and were married in the Mayor's office at City Hall. We have since welcomed two daughters to our family and are now bracing for September when our older daughter ...

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Dear Neighbors, My name is Andy Minegar and I'm running for a Ward 1 seat on Summit Council. My wife, Sarah, and I have called Summit home for the past nine years. Like you, I love Summit and want our community to thrive. In the coming months, we will see exciting opportunities and new ...

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Public safety is a crucial component of quality of life in a community. I’ve heard from a number of my neighbors about concerns they’ve had over the years related to street safety and listened to their suggestions about how to better protect themselves and their families while getting around Town.

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The Cayetano For Council Team has been out in the streets talking to residents and collecting petition signatures to represent Hawthorne once more as one of the at-large Hawthorne Town Council candidates this November! They have been utilizing a traditional paper petition but for those who haven’t ...

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Dear Neighbor, Many of you already know this…but, for those of you whom I’ve yet to meet, I would like you also to know that Summit holds a very special place in my heart. I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity of having served you all for more than 30 years as a police officer, and ...

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I am a Democrat living in New Providence for 20 years.  I have been involved in Democratic Party politics for many years in Maryland and New Jersey.  Last year when there were no Democratic candidates on the ballot for Borough Council, I entered the race very late as a write-in alternative to the ...

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Everything you need to know about the June 8th Primary brought to you by The 2021 Primary Election will be Conducted in Person! You have until 3pm on Monday June 7th to pick up a paper ballot if you would like one. https://www.hawthornenj.org/DocumentCenter/View/2311 RETURNING YOUR ...

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Dear Friends and Neighbors, My name is Lisa Allen, and in late February I was appointed to serve the remainder of Summit Council Member Steve Bowman’s term representing Ward 2. Now I am on the ballot seeking election and hope to earn your vote this November. The question I am asked the most ...

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Residents of Parsippany, So far, this campaign has been the experience of a lifetime with thousands of doors knocked, many different conversations being had, and friendships made that will last a lifetime. The positive vision for Parsippany that so many residents have can become a reality with ...

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Dear Neighbors, It's no secret that overdevelopment is one of the biggest threats facing our community. Cranford is a great place to live, work and raise a family, so it makes sense that developers want to build here, but we need to be vigilant in making sure all projects are done the right way, ...

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When I ran for office four years ago, I said I would focus on ensuring that our town government met the needs of all residents regardless of where you lived, your age, how many years you have lived in town, who you knew or your political affiliation. To me, we are all Westfield residents interested ...

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LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 18, NJ - Amid a global pandemic and uncertain economic times, we are grateful more than ever to serve as your state legislators. While the past year has been enormously challenging, it reminds us of the strength and resiliency of New Jerseyans, especially those in our 18th ...

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Amid a global pandemic and uncertain economic times, we are grateful more than ever to serve as your state legislators. While the past year has been enormously challenging, it reminds us of the strength and resiliency of New Jerseyans, especially those in our 18th Legislative District, which ...

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Amid a global pandemic and uncertain economic times, we are grateful more than ever to serve as your state legislators. While the past year has been enormously challenging, it reminds us of the strength and resiliency of New Jerseyans, especially those in our 18th Legislative District, which ...

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Councilwoman Debra Coen of Hoyt Street and Board of Health President Eric Range of Belleau Avenue urge all Madison Democrats to vote in the June 8 primary election. Coen and Range are running in a contested primary for the two seats on the Borough Council that are up for election in November. Coen ...

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