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Chatham Borough is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.

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  • Paul A. Kelley
    (Rep)

  • Karen Koronkiewicz
    (Dem)

  • Stacey McEvoy
    (Rep)

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    Irene Treloar
    (Dem)

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Campaign Email irene425@gmail.com
Chatham is facing flattened revenue streams while the costs of providing services is continuing to rise. Councilmember and mayoral candidate Thad Kobylarz looked at our aging downtown and put a plan in motion to attract new businesses to Main Street. The increased tax revenue from commercial properties will help offset the need to raise property taxes on residents, and the increase in daytime workers will boost our downtown economy. On top of everyone’s mind when we talk about redevelopment is traffic congestion. I share this concern. That is why we need to ensure that a comprehensive traffic mitigation plan is part of any redevelopment discussion with developers. We also cannot ignore the impacts of climate change on our community. The reality is that we are likely to face more frequent and more severe storms in the ensuing years. We need to be proactive about mitigating their effects. I serve on the Borough’s Undergrounding Advisory Committee. Formed by Thad Kobylarz at the urging of an active group of residents, the Committee is investigating the feasibility of undergrounding our electric wires to improve the reliability of our electric service and save our trees from further butchering by JCP&L.
In the coming months, the Council will be negotiating the redevelopment agreements for River Road and Post Office Plaza. We will need to work hard to strike the best deal for our community. In addition, our third-party services contracts, e.g., for recycling and garbage pickup, should be regularly reviewed as they come up for renewal to ensure that we are receiving the optimal level of services at the best prices. I am the only practicing attorney that is running and I negotiate contracts for a living. I believe my skills and experience will complement those of our current Councilmembers and the business skills of my running mate, Karen Koronkiewicz.