In their first joint statement of the 2013 fall campaign, Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty and his council slate cited re-election themes of “transparency in government, stable taxes, smart development, improved vacancy rates in the business district, [and] upgrades to the police force and the town master plan,” and pledged to wage a “positive campaign effort.”
Richard Babcock is running for mayor on the Republican side, and Ed France has hinted at making an Independent bid.
Below is the statement from the incumbents.
FROM THE DOUGHERTY TEAM:
Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty, Council President Michelle Dupree Harris, Council Members Michael Elms and Toshiba Foster Offer Experience, Leadership and Team Work; Renew Pledge for Positive Campaign
Morristown, NJ (September 18, ‘13)…Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty along with his ‘united team’ of Council members, President Michelle Dupree Harris and at-large council members Michael Elms and Toshiba Foster, today renewed their goals for a positive campaign effort for the November 5 general election
“As the incumbent candidates for Morristown, our goal is to continue to move our town forward with a commitment to transparent and fair-minded municipal government,” Mayor Dougherty stated.
“As we pledged in the June primary election, we plan to run a vigorous, positive and issue oriented campaign and I am grateful and confident to have three outstanding council members on our team who have worked hard and devoted their time and experience to the future of our great municipality,” he said.
“Our team offers diversity and dedication for our town residents,” he said, adding, “Council President Michelle Dupree Harris, who holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, has done a superb job in her leadership role on the council.”
“Council members Michael Elms and Toshiba Foster maintain an open-door policy for constituents and neighbors and they are particularly aware that serving our community is a privilege, a serious responsibility and a public trust,” Dougherty said.
Councilwoman Toshiba Foster stated her service on the council represents an on-going opportunity for responsible government. “My goal is to offer prudent management of our fiscal affairs and to continue to make decisions that are in the best interests of our community,” she said.
Councilman Elms stated: “As the newest member of the team, I will not hesitate to tackle difficult issues and to help keep Morristown moving in a positive direction with integrity and leadership.“
“Working together for the people of Morristown clearly works and, once again, we intend to run as a united team, ” the town officials said in a joint statement.
The Dougherty team stated that their platform and record in office highlights the issues of transparency in government, stable taxes, smart development, improved vacancy rates in the business district, upgrades to the police force and the town master plan.
“We are a team that works hard for our community by addressing concerns and issues head on. We will continue to bring our community together and work tirelessly to ensure an efficient, transparent government that balances the necessary growth with the uniquely small town charm that is Morristown,” the Mayor stated.