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Letter to the Editor: Vote for Dickson for Mayor

She has both the know-how and temperament to lead Summit.

I write to thank our candidates for office, but most particularly our three mayoral candidates, for their willingness to serve.  We should all be appreciative that they care enough about Summit to volunteer their time and talents.  

But caring about Summit is not enough.  In these times of partisan gridlock we need elected officials who have both a depth of experience, and the ability to listen to differing views to make government function for all of us.  I have had occasion to work regularly with Councilwoman Ellen Dickson and Councilman Mike Vernotico in my work on behalf of the Planning Board (where I am currently chair) and numerous other governmental bodies ranging from the Transfer Station to Master Planning to Redevelopment to the Environmental Commission.  

While I sometimes disagree with Councilwoman Dickson, she listens and works towards consensus for the betterment of Summit.  My experience with Councilman Vernotico has been that he arrives with a predetermined objective, never waivers, and rarely even listens. With this approach, even good ideas fail to gain any traction.  

More troubling is the angry cloud of vindictive accusation that Mr. Vernotico seems to bring wherever he goes.  We should all agree this aura is beneath the office of Mayor.  I've met Eileen Ludden and she seems to have the best of intentions, but in an election where no matter the outcome, half of our governing body will have never held elected office, can we rely only on good intentions?  

Councilwoman Dickson has served on Council for many years and has knowledge of County politics from her .  Ellen Dickson is the only Mayoral candidate that has shown, and not just promised, both the know-how and temperament to lead our city. 

Jeff Wagenbach

34 Hobart Avenue 

summitmom1 October 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM
We pay attention. We pay attention to the fact that "mayor" would be a consolation prize for her after losing the freeholder election. Vernotico and Ludden want actually want the position.
1, but not alone October 25, 2011 at 02:12 PM
Dickson was the sacrificial lamb the Repubs sent to fight the county Demo machine. That machine wants Summit to stop bothering it and put the check in the mail. Summit needs to tell them we won't go away. Those of you around long enough may remember Walter Long complaining loudly in his first term, and then getting results with the County in his second. Glatt has been a fine mayor, but I can't think of anything he has obtained from the county and thinking that a neophyte politician who has the same letter after her name will get a better result is naive. It is your right to vote for a letter of the alphabet, but most of us really just want the best person. P.S. Anyone who thinks Vernotico hasn't completely gone off the rails these last 4 years really hasn't been paying attention.
TomK October 26, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Agree completely. Ellen's got my vote.
OurTown October 27, 2011 at 06:10 PM
The myriad Vernotico signs throughout the City testify to Summit's intense dissatisfaction with the Republican establishment.
1, but not alone October 27, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Don't know that I've seen that many Mad Mike signs, but it's hard to argue that the Repub establishment is seeing a changing of the guard. Suppose that's why there is a completely new slate of candidates (albeit w/Ellen in a different slot) on that end? But then, that's not what you meant I guess.

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