Letter to the Editor From Mayor-Elect, Kevin Glover

Scotch Plains Mayor-Elect Kevin Glover discusses moving forward following the Nov. 6 election and Hurricane Sandy.




I first want to express my heartfelt thanks to our Township employees for their dedicated work during Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, with a special thanks to our Department of Public Works, Police Department, Fire Department and Rescue Squad for their dedication in keeping our township and all our residents safe.


Clearly, in the aftermath of the storm, we need to focus on improving communications within the Township so our citizens can be kept better informed on what is going on around them.  I heard often as I traveled the Township the frustration of our neighbors. They told me over and over again, “I can deal with bad news, but not with no news”.


Throughout the campaign, I maintained that the November 6th election was a defining moment for our Township that poses this very basic question: Are we going to continue the failed partisan policies of the past, or shall we embrace a new vision, new ideas and new leadership to move our Township forward? Well, the people have decided and as the election results show, they have decided decisively to move our Township forward.  


To those who would continue to engage in nasty political rhetoric, and have no interest in building a better community, I say it’s time you show some bipartisan leadership, or follow those who are willing to lead.


Councilwoman-elect Colleen Gialanella and I are excited to have the opportunity to serve our Township.  We are humbled by the outpouring of support we received from residents across the Township. As we have said, we pledge to work every day to make Scotch Plains more affordable and improve our quality of life. It’s a pledge we take seriously.


Kevin Glover

November 12, 2012

Jenni November 13, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Congratulations & Good luck Mr Glover.
Jay O'Brian November 14, 2012 at 06:53 PM
I think the mayor elect should realize his mandate is largely due to the storm and the current mayors complete and total botching of it. I am a solid republican but I voted for him because it was clear the current mayor didn’t have a clue. I sat in my house for 8 days with no power, watching the Fanwood and Westfield mayors keep their people informed while we would not hear anything for 36 hours at one point except don’t forget to vote. My point is this was more about how bad she was during the storm then a mandate for “change”.
candy November 14, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Jay, I totally agree with you. MDP may have lost her because of her performance during the storm, but Kevin Glover brings nothing to the table but arrogance and I certainly do not believe he has a mandate for change What shoud change is how our council handles the issues. Our town council members should not be adversaries, they should work together. Brainstorming and expressing different points of view is a good thing, and everyone's opinions shoud be respected. I really hope Colleen can bring a breath of fresh air to the table, and teach the rest of our town council how to behave with the dignity and grace she did during the election.
Barney Oldfield November 14, 2012 at 07:58 PM
No big fan of Kevin Glover here. I have posted many times that I think that he is a big bag of wind. Nonetheless, the suggestion that Glover won because of the storm or the Mayor's poor performance during the storm is silly. We are talking about a 1500 vote margin. A normal margin of victory in local elections has been a few hundred votes. One cannot attribute that big a victory to the storm alone. The local GOP has divided their party in the last two elections by kicking Bratti and then Malool to the curb and replacing them with inferior candidates.To Mayor-elect Glover and Ms. Gialanella, I say: Good Luck. I don't expect much. So Surprise me.
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