This information was provided courtesy of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Republican committee.
While Labor Day typically signifies the beginning of campaign season, Scotch Plains Mayor Mary DePaola and Councilman Ed Saridaki began an ambitious program of personal meetings with constituents early in the summer. They have personally knocked on nearly 1,000 doors to speak with residents and intend to reach more than double that amount prior to Election Day.
“With advances in technology, there are many different ways to reach out to our residents,” said Mayor DePaola.
“However, when you get right down to it, nothing beats a one on one interaction with our residents. You get to hear their personal concern about the community and also let them know what the recent activities of their local government are. Not everyone has the time to visit the Municipal Building for a Council Meeting or even tune in to cable television to view one. Door to door is the best way to interact with our constituents.”
Councilman Saridaki continued, “This summer we have visited homes in seven of our voting districts and when all is said and done we plan on reaching all 23 districts. It is interesting to note that as you visit different neighborhoods, issues and concerns can change, however many themes remain the same throughout Scotch Plains. Property taxes are always on the minds of our residents and most realize that this continues to be an issue throughout New Jersey and not just in Scotch Plains. They are appreciative and supportive of our efforts to share services with neighboring communities and continued budget belt tightening in order to stabilize property taxes.”
Mayor DePaola concluded, “Now that the summer is behind us, we plan to step up our door to door efforts and expect to find more of our residents at home for us to speak with them. We would advise our residents to expect to see us on their door step some time soon. If they should happen to miss us, they can visit us on our web site www.scotchplainsgop.com or our Facebook Page “DePaola and Saridaki for Scotch Plains”.