Candidate Statements

July 3, 2020

I never imagined I would be kicking off my re-election campaign for Common Council at a time like this--because, a few months ago, I couldn’t imagine “a time like this,” I’ve heard many people in Summit voice the same sentiment. As the current Chair of our town’s Safety and Health Committee ...

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When I took my oath of office two and a half years ago, I was honored and excited to help lead our beloved city, but also ready for the challenge to not simply maintain Summit’s excellence, but improve upon it. Never could I have dreamed the direction our city--and our country--would take during ...

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My name is Arati Kreibich. I am a neuroscientist, a mom, an immigrant, and a local elected official running for Congress in NJ-5. After Trump was elected, I organized, I ran for Council in Glen Rock, and I won--and I got things done while standing up for our core Democratic values and reaching ...

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Hello Piscataway! I am Kamuela “Nikki” Tillman, a long-time Township resident, and a self-described “transplant from the East Orange/Newark area.” A single mom, I have raised my three amazing children, Kiki, Kaa’lah and Kendall here in our wonderful community.  I am a Special Education English ...

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My name is Jeff Varnerin.  I am a fiscally conservative Republican, running for Town Council. Berkeley Heights deserves highly skilled, time tested and dedicated leaders, to preserve our community for generations to come.  My wife, Debbie and I chose this community 14 years ago, to raise our ...

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When my grandfather in Perth Amboy founded the area’s first Democratic organization for African Americans, he began a far-reaching legacy in Central New Jersey. He understood that communities were built when every person and group had a voice that would be heard and valued. Now for three ...

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When I first ran for Berkeley Heights Town Council, I committed to building the future of Berkeley Heights with you!  WE have worked hard over the years to make smart, strategic investments in our town that improve the quality of life and preserve affordability. Through collaborative efforts with ...

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I have been a resident of Piscataway for over 15 years, and am proud to be the longest serving public school teacher at Piscataway High School. As a teacher of and advocate for children with special needs, I value and practice open communication and transparency.  One of my many concerns is what I ...

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The summer is always a special time for me as we celebrate the liberty of America on July 4th and the freedom of India on August 15th.  The independence days of these two great nations, both former colonies of the British, is a tribute to the vital principle that responsible citizens can elect ...

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Piscataway Strong!  That’s more than a cheer.  It is a confirmation that Column B Democrats have brought diverse people together as one community and bolstered our Township to withstand hardships and achieve results. Whether it was Superstorm Sandy or the Covid-19 pandemic, Column B Democrats ...

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Robert K. Graham:  Vote 9E for Equality on July 7th In one week, on July 7th, Plainfield residents will have an opportunity to change the trajectory of the city by voting to fill vital seats on the City Council. I am the best democratic choice for Council Member At Large, having run my campaign ...

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My name is David Rutherford, and I was born and raised in Plainfield, NJ. I received a degree in architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia, but after over six years as an architect, I recently followed my passion for writing and became a creative in health care advertising. After ...

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Thank God For Elections - We applaud the Committee for their last-minute decision to “consider” moving away from the disastrous River Road location for a high-density affordable housing development and to instead consider possibly placing it at what is currently the Charlie Brown's Steakhouse on ...

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My name is Bret Sayre and I am running for the Berkeley Heights Town Council because I want to use my dedication to our community and my strong financial professional skill set to position our town for prosperity in the coming years and decades. I have lived in Berkeley Heights for nearly a decade, ...

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My name is Susan Poage and I am running for my second term on Town Council. I am a 27 year resident of Berkeley Heights. This is my 18th year teaching in Berkeley Heights. Even before quarantine, I could go a few weeks and  never leave Berkeley Heights. Which is a good thing, because I love this ...

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Pride Month 2020 Reveals the Progressive Leadership We Deserve Russ Cirincione   This Pride month has been unlike any other. Extraordinary protests against racial and social injustices have sprung up across the country, stemming from the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud ...

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My name is Edmund Tom Maciejewski, I am running for Berkeley Heights Township Council. I am a Conservative Republican looking to bring Republican Values to Berkeley Heights Government. I hold two degrees one in Chemical Engineering and the other in Business. I worked in the financial ...

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Dear Neighbor, It is an honor and privilege to be on the ballot for the 2020 Primary and General Election where I hope to win your support and represent you as a member of the Hasbrouck Heights Town Council.  I write to you today to share a little about the person I am and the person you can ...

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(The following letter was submitted to the Randolph Township Council by Timpanaro, Weiner & Hernandez for Randolph Township Council on June 13, 2020) Dear Township Council: I write on behalf of myself, David Timpanaro and Jeanette Hernandez.   At the June 11 Council meeting, this body ...

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Craig Cayetano Calling on Ward 3 to Sign Candidate Petition for November’s Special Election Craig Cayetano-Candidate Hawthorne Ward 3 #973-433-6696 Cayetano4council@gmail.com Madelyn Hoffman-Communications Chair, Green Party of NJ, #973-876-1023   Craig Cayetano, 2019’s Independent ...

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Thank you, Berkeley Heights, for the privilege of serving as your Councilperson and allowing me to work on your behalf to help improve our community.  Berkeley Heights means so much to me and my family. We have lived here for over 25 years, and I am always looking for ways to give back. With a ...

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My name is Jeff Varnerin and I am running for Town Council in Berkeley Heights where I have lived for ~14 years with my wife Debbie and son Ryan. Many people in this community may know me, but for those who don’t, I want to give you a brief introduction of who I am and why I’m running. As the ...

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As an educator and councilwoman, the end of the school year will be bittersweet.  No physical goodbyes and no traditional closure.  For students everywhere, the lessons this school year were like no other. Students, teachers, and their families were presented with challenges none of us had ...

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The nomination of Fabiana Pierre-Louis Esq. to the New Jersey Supreme Court is most welcomed news in today’s turbulent climate.  Counselor Pierre Louis arrives at the nomination with an impeccable set of credentials, a wealth of experience, and the respect of her colleagues. She is a black woman ...

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ASHLEY FELICE AND MARK HAMILTON FOR TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE: Who we are and what we stand for… Ashley and Mark are both licensed attorneys with business acumen devoted to promoting efficient, responsive, transparent and community-focused government.   In addition to being an attorney, Ashley was ...

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May 30, 2020 “The Lack of Liberty and Justice For All…” The heinous murder of George Floyd, an unarmed black man suffocated to death while complying with the orders of his four arresting officers from the Minneapolis police force, is a telling example of what Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor describes ...

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A little progress each day adds up to big results, and in Roselle, we are getting the work done.  As First Ward Councilwoman, I am working hard each day to help move Roselle forward and give its residents what they need and deserve.  I know that the actions we all take today are motivated by a ...

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(On June 2, 2020, Joshua Weiner, David Timpanaro and Jeanette Hernandez submitted the following letter to the Randolph Township Council) Dear Township Council:       I write on behalf of myself, David Timpanaro and Jeanette Hernandez and our campaign for Randolph Township Council.         ...

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On July 7th, Plainfield residents will head to the polls in-person as well as vote-by-mail, to cast our votes to fill vital seats on our City Council. The role of City Council members is now more important than ever, to lead the Queen City through the effects of the current global pandemic, the ...

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To my fellow Hasbrouck Heights Residents, As some of you may already know, I am running for Council on the Democratic ticket with Chris Hillman as a part of Team Heights. I have watched Chris over his first term and have seen how he has been present through this pandemic.  He has provided to the ...

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