The full slate Democratic candidates for the November 8 General Election was officially revealed June 9 at a party at the home of a local resident.
Mayor Jordan Glatt introduced the candidates: Eileen Forman Ludden, Susan Hairston, Sandy Bloom and Dennis White, who are running respectively for Mayor and the At-large, Ward 1 and Ward 2 Common Council seats.
"This is a ticket to be proud of, four intelligent, committed and experienced people who know how to work individually and as a team for all of the people of Summit," Glatt said. "I look forward to their race, and especially to swearing them in next January."
Eileen Forman Ludden began the candidates’ remarks by explaining that she and her husband Charles chose to live in Summit because they saw it as a safe community with a diverse population, excellent schools and a great downtown.
"We found all of that and so much more – a community fully engaged in volunteerism in every area of city life, making Summit truly exceptional, and I joined right in," Ludden said. "Running for mayor on this ticket is an incredible honor, and I pledge to work as hard as I possibly can to keep Summit even stronger as we move into the future.”
Susan Hairston, the At-Large Council candidate and a fourth-generation member of the Summit Dillingham family, noted her family legacy of community service, mentioning in particular her aunt, Esther Toney, who was among the guests, a former Summit teacher and lifelong child advocate. Hairston said that her six-year service as a member of the Board of Education was especially important in helping her understand the interests and concerns of the whole community.
"When I win, I hope to represent all of the people of Summit," she said. "I will work for a government that helps keep Summit strong."
Sandy Bloom, the Ward 1 Council candidate, spoke about her volunteerism throughout the 33 years that she and her family have lived in Summit.
“My children were nurtured by the schools, the Boy Scouts, the first aid squad and Temple Sinai," Bloom, who is currently serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, said. "As an empty nester I continue to be involved in the community, and know how to work effectively with other people. I want to bring that experience to Common Council."
Dennis White, the Ward 2 candidate, is the President of the MetLife Foundation and an 18-year resident of Summit. White spoke about bringing his professional expertise in nationwide grant making and investment in education, downtown restoration, affordable housing and renewable energy to the Council.
"I have met a lot of mayors in my job," he said. Cities that run best are the ones that try to solve problems in the most effective and pragmatic way. I will try to look at the budget in a wise and thoughtful way, always keeping in mind the great facilities and services that make Summit a strong city."
All four candidates said they plan to canvass the city in the coming months and have already been spotted at the Sunday Farmer's Market.
Glatt thanked all of those present for their early support, and urged them to work with him "to elect this great team of Summit volunteers."