Letters to the Editor: 2017 Morristown races

From left: Candidates Celeste Kaitsa (GOP), Michael Elms (Dem, Incumbent), Toshiba Foster (Dem, Inc.), James Sullivan (GOP), William Needham III (GOP) and David Silva (Dem.), at LWV Morristown council forum, Oct. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
From left: Candidates Celeste Kaitsa (GOP), Michael Elms (Dem, Incumbent), Toshiba Foster (Dem, Inc.), James Sullivan (GOP), William Needham III (GOP) and David Silva (Dem.), at LWV Morristown council forum, Oct. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 Here’s a compilation of letters to the editor we’ve received about the 2017 Morristown mayor and council races.

Editor’s note: The opinions below are the authors’, and do not necessarily reflect those of this publication.

No new letters will be published about these races prior to Election Day–which is Tues., Nov. 7, 2017.

The mayoralty and three at-large council seats –all four-year terms–are at stake. Here’s where to vote in Morristown. And here is our coverage of the recent candidates forums for mayor and council, with video. Morristown voters also have a contested race for the Morris District school board.

Mayoral candidates Alison Deeb (GOP, council) and Tim Dougherty (Dem., incumbent), Oct. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mayoral candidates Alison Deeb (GOP, council) and Tim Dougherty (Dem., incumbent), Oct. 25, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

  Kaitsa has compassion Nov. 1, 2017 It’s my pleasure to recommend my dear personal friend, Celeste Kaitsa, as a candidate in the Morristown Council race. I’ve known Celeste for 6 years and can attest to her strength of character and compassion for others. Celeste is an actively contributing member of the community. She would make an outstanding addition to the Morristown Council and embodies the dedication to provide service to others. I first met Celeste during her time with the Girl Scouts of America. We quickly found our paths crossing not just as fellow Girl Scouts, but also as possible friends. We have become close friends, and over the years, we’ve worked together on a number of events, for Girl Scouts. Celeste has always amazed me with her commitment to friends, family and community. With her spirit of giving and skill for communication, Celeste demonstrates all the quality that a representative of the people should possess, “Service above self.” Respectfully,  Lisa Oropallo

  Former councilman for Needham / Sullivan Nov. 1 Dear Friends, Neighbors and former Constituents, My name is Timothy A. Jackson, former First Ward Councilman for the Town of Morristown. It is with great pride and pleasure to endorse the candidacy of JAMES SULLIVAN AND WILLIAM NEEDHAM for Morristown Council at Large. I served, with honor, as your Morristown Councilman for 3 elected terms, 12 consecutive years, 8 years of which were with Williams mother, Councilwoman Theresa Needham. Together we were able to accomplish many milestones for Morristown during its vital years of growth and redevelopment. Due to a debilitating stroke, though improving every day, I was unable to seek reelection. But it is with great confidence that William and James will serve in the same capacity as Councilmen, watching out for Morristown and the future of its residents. I have known William and James since they were young boys. I was extremely impressed to watch William at a very young age at the forefront of the community effort in the restoration of the Community Theatre. I was one of the first volunteers and witnessed firsthand his involvement with the leadership of his father William Needham. As councilmen, Theresa Needham and I were able to facilitate the improvement efforts and I am very proud to have been an intricate part of the theatres revival. Both boys have grown to become successful adults, James a Morristown Attorney with Sullivan and Graber and William a salesman with Joshen Paper Company as well as owner of Morristown Modern, a mid-century modern furniture store. Knowing from 12 years of experience it is extremely important to have independent voices on the council and not just another yay or nay vote. That is not good for Morristown. It is with extreme confidence in knowing William and James for as long as I have that I am certain that they will not be just another yay or nay. They have demonstrated their love for Morristown repeatedly, and a bipartisan and independent approach that will resonate on both sides of the aisle. I look forward to working with them when I return to the Council. I ask for your support in the Candidacy of JAMES SULLIVAN AND WILLIAM NEEDHAM on Nov. 7th. Respectfully, Timothy Jackson Morristown

  Kaitsa loves Morristown Nov. 1 Dear Morristown Green editor, I am writing in support of Celeste Kaitsa for Morristown Town Council.  Celeste loves Morristown and truly wants to make it the best place to live.  She dedicates her life to helping others- teaching English as a second language, working with the Girl Scouts, and volunteering for many outreach organizations.  She would work tirelessly to support the residents and businesses of Morristown. Sincerely, Terri Pisciotti Chatham

  Kaitsa was tireless intern Oct. 31 To the Editor: I first met Morristown Council Candidate Celeste Kaitsa in 2013 when she served as a campaign intern. Over the course of several months, I was impressed with her work ethic and commitment to get the job done. Even though her position was unpaid, she worked tirelessly and always with a great attitude.  I am confident Celeste will do an excellent job and represent all of the people of Morristown. Please vote for her on November 7th.  Tom McNair Oak Ridge

  Kaitsa cares about people Oct. 27 Dear Editor, I have worked with Celeste in a local law firm for about two months. In that short time, I have not only recognized her dedication to her job, but have had the privilege of getting to know her as a person.  After many conversations, I discovered she is a caring and devoted individual who genuinely cares about her town and the people in it.  She has shown this, by devoting her extra time to teaching ESL Students and being a member of the Women’s Club of Morristown.  Celeste has no agenda other than to  listen to residence and to act on their concerns.  If you want someone who truly cares, please vote for Celeste on Nov. 7. Sincerely, Kim Sodano


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