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Rose Checchio Joins Scotch Plains Democrats 2014 Council Campaign

Scotch Plains Democratic Committee Chair Asw. Linda Stender poses with Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella and 2014 council candidates (center) John Del Sordi, Rose Checchio and Luisa Bianco.
Scotch Plains Democratic Committee Chair Asw. Linda Stender poses with Scotch Plains Mayor Kevin Glover, Councilwoman Colleen Gialanella and 2014 council candidates (center) John Del Sordi, Rose Checchio and Luisa Bianco.

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The Scotch Plains Democratic Committee is pleased to announce the addition of Rose Checchio to their 2014 ticket for town council. Checchio joins John Del Sordi and Luisa Bianco in this year’s campaign.

Checchio is co-owner of the renowned Little Genius Academies child day care centers in Edison and Metuchen and has been recognized as an industry leader in curriculum planning during her 13 years in business. Checchio is also a wife and mother of two, who knows the challenges that come with being a working parent. She is an active member of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle Parish and the Scotch Plains JCC.

Checchio’s family has lived in the community for nearly 100 years and has a long history of caring for and giving back to Scotch Plains. Some noteworthy contributions by the family include the 9/11 Memorial in Alan Augustine Park, the recently built Vietnam Memorial in front of town hall and refurbishment of the gazebo on the corner of Front and Park Avenue. 

“I’m thrilled to be running for the Scotch Plains council and to be joining two exceptionally talented candidates on this year’s Democratic ticket,” says Checchio. “I am looking forward to a campaign that I am hopeful will be a civil, honest and open discussion about the issues that affect our neighbors.”

Checchio lists increasing cooperation among the council, keeping municipal taxes under control and providing better services as her top priorities if she is elected.

“We need to have the majority on the council work together to stabilize taxes and ensure that we are spending our tax dollars wisely and cost efficiently,” says Checchio. “Also, over the past years we’ve seen a deterioration of municipal services. We can do better picking up leaves, plowing snow, fixing potholes and maintaining township properties that have fallen into disrepair. This is where we call home and this is where we plan on raising our family. We can do better.”

 

Checchio replaces candidate William Thomas, who was forced to decline the nomination due to a promotion at work. The Committee believes Checchio’s skills in business management, finance, communications and team building would be an invaluable addition to town council. 

“The Scotch Plains Democratic organization continues to grow and strengthen,” says Committee Chair and NJ Assemblywoman Linda Stender. “Our team represents fresh faces and fresh ideas that are running to bring civil and competent governance to Scotch Plains.” 

Checchio is looking forward to hearing from residents on the campaign trail.

“This campaign must be about the people,” she says. “Our elected officials are our caretakers, and I am committed to being a good one by being a good listener, making myself accessible, and working hard to address the needs of all our citizens.” 

For more information on this year’s candidates, visit our website: scotchplainsdems.com.

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