Two-term Councilwoman Ellen Dickson deserves our votes for Mayor on Tuesday, November 8th. Change is welcome in the Mayor’s Office after eight years, and Ellen is the best equipped candidate to bring about positive change.
Ellen, as Mayor, will appoint the members of the Board of Education and chair the Board of School Estimate. She is the only candidate to have served as President of an elementary school PTA, Lincoln-Hubbard and the Summit High School PTA, and she is as well, the only candidate to serve on the Board of School Estimate.
As Mayor, Ellen will be the immediate Supervisor of the Chief of Police. She will draw upon her experience as the current Chair of Council’s Public Safety Committee.
As Mayor, Ellen will be a voting member of Summit Downtown, Inc.’s Board of Trustees. She is the only candidate who has been a member of the Board of Trustees, three of the last four years.
As Mayor, Ellen will serve on Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee and work to continue the three-year trend of declining municipal tax increases and to protect Summit’s AAA bond rating. She is the only candidate to serve on this important committee.
As Mayor, Ellen will take her seat on the Planning Board, and her three years of experience on the Zoning Board will serve her well.
In Council’s adoption of ordinances for Gateway 1, the former Summit Medical Group property; Gateway 2, the current Salerno Duane property; and the City’s first Transit Oriented/Multi-family Zone, the former Infiniti dealership property, Ellen was a voice of reason.
Candidate and Councilman Vernotico is not able to work constructively with others to accomplish a common goal and while on Council for six years, he has never been elected Council President by his peers. In fact, he was censured by the Council in November 2010 for disclosing City-attorney privileged information to the press, and he was subsequently criticized by Superior Court Judge Beglin in the Judge’s investigative report on this same matter.
Candidate Forman-Ludden lacks relevant experiences which provide an adequate grounding in municipal government. The Mayor’s seat should not be a training position.
Having worked with Councilwoman Dickson as peers on the Zoning Board for three years and as peers on the Council for six years, I know her to be a person of high integrity, intelligence, devotion to public service — and importantly, she is a hard worker. She brings a business approach to City government, as she searches out “best practices” by networking with municipal officials locally and statewide.
Councilwoman Dickson will represent Summit well as Mayor!
Summit Council President