Dear Mile Square View Readers,
Many people have emailed me, called me or stopped me in the streets this week to express their support for the appointment to the 4th Ward City Council Seat currently sitting vacant.
All of the prospective names out there are outstanding citizens and are worth considering. I would like to offer some insight as to who I am and what I have done since landing here in 1991.
Also I am not looking to run in 2010, I think that would be a major distraction for a councilperson who really needs to focus on working for the citizens rather than my own re-election efforts.
Here are some responses that I have submitted to various council members and media outlets regarding my unique proposal not to run in 2010.
… “I believe I am the only candidate offering not to run in 2010 so I can focus on my duties as a council person, rather than cast each vote based on how it will effect the outcome of the 2010 special race.
By appointing me The Mayor and Council can continue their search for a candidates who can begin campaigning for The permanent seat in Nov 2010 - giving them time to campaign free of an elected officials obligations or taxpayer funded salary.”
"I am willing to serve without running next November so I can do a real job as councilman without the distraction of running for office. Also by not running next year I will be casting votes to benefit Hoboken, not my electability "
"When one is in fear of being elected, their votes are often more about them, than the citizens. Back in 2005 Carol Marsh and I warned people that this financial mess would come. it has and I know how to help resolve it without the concerns of my electability "
I hope the city council asks me to join them as I know that I can offer them 6 years of previous experience, historical knowledge, planning experience, parks and open space advocacy, tax payer focused budgeting and an unwavering dedication to deploying the reform government detailed in Mayor Zimmer's platform."
Below are some highlights of my public life here in Hoboken: