Letter to the Editor: Dominick Bratti Supports Democratic Candidates, Glover and Gialanella

Despite difference in political party, Bratti still plans to vote for the two democrats in the upcoming mayoral election.

From the Desk of Dominick Bratti


An Open Letter to the Residents of Scotch Plains:

When I was recently asked by a neighbor who I would be voting for in the upcoming mayoral election in Scotch Plains, I immediately said Kevin Glover and Colleen Gialanella.  For those of you who know me, the fact that I support Councilman Glover even though we belong to different political parties should come as no surprise.  

In the years that I have known Kevin, I have found that he and I share the same philosophy.  That is, that elected officials at every level should do what they believe to be right and not simply take their directions from unelected party bosses.

When we served on the Township Council together, I saw Kevin Glover put this philosophy into practice every day in dealing with such issues as hiring a new Township Manager, revising a failed school budget and attempting to lessen the tax burden upon Scotch Plains residents while maintaining municipal services.  

On those occasions when we disagreed about a policy or the solution to a particular problem, we each knew that the other’s position was based upon what they thought was right rather than upon politics or polls.  In addition, I often saw Councilman Glover take the initiative and bring issues to the table that others were willing to ignore and/or afraid to address.  

In my opinion, this is the type of leadership that we need to see in the Mayor’s chair.  

By the same token, Colleen Gialenalla is a dedicated educator and mother of two beautiful children. In her position with the Clark public school system, she is part of an administrative team that improved their high school's ranking from 101 to 40 in just two years.  

Colleen is ready and willing to put this type of effort to work to create a more vibrant downtown, stronger recreation programs, and to make Scotch Plains a more affordable place to call home.

That said, I would ask that in choosing your next Mayor and Councilperson, you consider the views and character of each of the candidates as well as their respective records, and I am sure you will come to the same decision that I have and cast your vote for Kevin Glover and Colleen Gialenalla.



Dominick Bratti


Lance October 22, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I'll see your Strauss and raise you one Bratti.
you_are_unbelievable October 24, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Difference between the two endorsements...Strauss rejected his party because of Glover....Bratti was rejected by his party for the way he conducted himself in public meetings
Barney Oldfield October 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Agree that Bratti could be rude and offensive at times but it was still surprising that his party would throw him out over that. After all, he took the position knowing that he would have to run in three consecutive elections. How many volunteers were there for that job? Was he any more offensive than Mayor Marks was on many occasions? I do not think so. Doesn't matter. I doubt the Bratti endorsement means much as he had few fans out there. More telling to me is the deafening silence of former Mayor Malool. We know that she took a government job in Trenton under our Republican governor. She's probably afraid of losing her job if she lets us know publicly what she thinks of Mary DePaola.
you_are_unbelievable October 24, 2012 at 04:10 PM
You are probably right, she will not comment due to her current position. But, she had no problem with Mary until Mary challenged her. Then, all of the sudden, Mary became the worst person ever, O-M-G, on the entire planet. Also remember, this wasn't about who would make the best high school cheerleader, or who "back-stabbed" who, or who stole someone's boyfriend. The majority of the republican committee supported DePaola, for whatever their reason(s). I also find it ironic that after barely being able to be in the same room with Glover, "Bratty" now thinks that Glover is the greatest hope for Scotch Plains. Perhaps his endorsement is a simple case of sour grapes?
becks October 24, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Who really cares who he endorses? If I were Glover I would have said thanks but no thanks. This probably does more damage than good.


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