Longstanding, single-party domination of our local government is NOT OK. It undermines fair representation and breeds mistrust.
Our local government is designed as a two-party system, but let’s be honest: ours is a one-party system in practice. This reality is NOT OK. It undermines fair representation and breeds mistrust. Our residents deserve better.
It is not well known that in Morris Township, Republicans outnumber Democrats by only a 5 to 4 margin. (Registered voters include 5,387 Republicans and 4,282 Democrats). The balance of representation by party affiliation on our Township Committee has never reflected this ratio. The common trend on our Township Committee is for Republicans to outnumber Democrats by a 4 to 1 margin.
This imbalance is a set up for negative dynamics. Many residents feel discouraged about the possibility of having a REAL voice in our political process and suspicious about what’s “really” going on behind the scenes of public words and deeds. This situation is a breeding ground for mistrust. When trust is damaged – as I believe it is in our present system – the fallout affects everyone.
As a political outsider and a person with specialized training in working with conflict and building trust, I am uniquely qualified to make a positive contribution to reversing this trend. My intent is to do everything possible to build trust, openness, and transparency in how our local government works and what it seeks to accomplish.