Our campaign is off to a great start with residents contacting us daily to get involved and offering to pitch in with our effort. Unfortunately, we are faced with an unexpected curveball in this year’s general election. Councilman Dominick DiDimenico has filed to run as an “Independent candidate for Mayor,” now making this a three-way race.
Obviously, we are disappointed that a Democratic Councilman whom we supported for over ten years in his runs for the Board of Education and Borough Council would turn his back on our party. Now we are hearing rumors that the Scott Rumana faction of the GOP in town has unanimously endorsed his candidacy. In less than a week he has gone from being a Democrat, to an Independent, to Republican-backed. It shows his true character that he would get into bed with the ethically challenged Rumana who is currently under investigation for abusing his office.
Our plan for victory on Election Day is unchanged whether there is two, three, or twenty candidates in this race. I am going to knock on every door twice and make my case as the best candidate to lead our Borough for the next three years. In Woodland Park we know what it takes to run a grassroots operation. Over the last fifteen years we turned this town from a Republican stronghold to the highest performing suburb for the Democratic Party in Passaic County.
Once we took the majority in local government, we started the process of getting our community back on track. Mayor Pat Lepore stabilized our budget, protected open space, and revitalized our recreation programs. I want to build on the foundation already in place and continue to move Woodland Park forward with new shared services agreements and new economic policies to bring investment, create efficiencies, and expand our local tax base.
I hope the Blue Jersey community can pitch in with my campaign – spreading the word about my Facebook and Twitter pages to grow our numbers. Or even joining us this weekend for a Comedy Night to support my campaign.
This current situation isn’t ideal, but I know we will be able to overcome this roadblock and keep this seat in Democratic hands come Election Day.