About 60 residents of New Providence flocked to Sunday night for the New Providence Republican Committee's "Meet and Greet Fundraiser" with the Republican council candidates.
Those in attendance included Mayor J. Brooke Hern, former mayor and NPRC Chairman Al Morgan and Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Incumbents Armand Galluccio and Alan Lesnewich, and newcomer Bob Robinson, are running unopposed for three council seats this November.
“My biggest challenge is not to lose an unopposed election,” Lesnewich said.
Lesnewich, who has lived in New Providence his entire life, said he believes strongly in the councilmen and what they can achieve. Borough parks and recreational facilities are in need of improvement, Lesnewich said, nothing that the referendum questions about Open Space and Consumption Liquor Licenses, both of which will appear on the November ballot, would greatly benefit the town.
“Everyone on the council is really concerned about the welfare of the community,” Lesnewich said.
Galluccio, a resident of New Providence for 27 years, said he would like to see new businesses in town to revitalize the downtown area. But ultimately, it is his passion and love for his hometown that he hopes to bring with him to office if re-elected in November. Like Lesnewich, he said the referendums would assist the town economically and help with the parks as well.
“I enjoy doing stuff for the town,” he said.
While Robinson, who runs a successful orthodontics practice, has had a passion for fixing teeth most of his life, he said he's always had a love for politics.
After serving on council three years ago, Robinson said the opportunity to run again was too much to pass up.
“I love the town so much,” he said. “I just can’t wait to get in there and give back.”
Robinson said although he may not have the political experience like his fellow councilman, he does have business experience, which is important in life. He said he hopes to bring his business savvy to the political realm and create a more economically diverse town.
“I am accountable to [residents] as I am accountable to my patients,” he said.
Bob Thelander and Bob Lange, two residents who attended the fundraiser to support the candidates, both agreed the council is competent and leading the town in the right direction.
Thelander said the candidates have provided stability and have not raised taxes, which has pleased many residents in the borough.
While they both agree the Open Space referendum would assist the borough, Thelander said he believes the Consumption Liquor License referendum should be voted down.
“It’s not going to bring anymore development into town,” Thelander said.
Continue to check New Providence Patch in the coming weeks for more information regarding the council candidates and the referendum questions.