EDITOR: I came to Madison in 1972, I raised my children here and now my grandchildren are being raised here. There have been many changes over these 47 years, but I love Madison and have always believed it was the best town in New Jersey. It is wonderful that now our town has been recognized as exactly that, New Jersey’s best place to live!
It is not an accident that this is the case; it has been many years in the making. The vibrancy we see has been carefully built particularly over the past eight years under the leadership of Bob Conley (Democratic candidate for re-election as mayor) and his team. Our downtown is flourishing, our finances are in very good shape, we have a completed Strategic Plan, our electric utility is paying dividends both in dollars and service to the community, and we have the respect and support from all our townspeople and people in the surrounding towns. This was not always the case in the past.
Right now, we can elect Bob Conley, Councilwoman Maureen Byrne (Democratic candidate for re-election) and Rachel Ehrlich (Democratic candidate for council) to continue this leadership. Bob and Maureen have shown their strength to us already and Rachel is a stellar member of the Planning Board and one of the most qualified candidates I have ever seen in Madison.
These are the folks who can work with our Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill to get us the Gateway tunnel to improve train service and help her change the tax law to return the SALT (state and local taxes) deductions. These are the folks who can work with our surrounding towns and solve our traffic concerns; these are the people who can pass ordinances that will help our local businesses continue the vibrancy of Madison.
They are the candidates with a positive view of our town, not stressing the divisions but noting our strengths. These are the candidates who will work for all the people in town, not just those who share their views. Vote for Conley, Byrne and Ehrlich.