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Chester Township's government structure includes four Councilmembers and a Mayor, all elected at-large for three-year terms on a staggered basis as part of the November general election, with two seats coming up for election in consecutive years followed by the mayoral seat. The candidates run on a partisan basis at regular primary and general election times. Independent candidates, having declared their intentions at primary time, run only in the general election.

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  • Joseph Di Paolo
    (Rep)

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    Michael Inganamort
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing your town and how do you plan to address it/them?

What in your personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

What steps would you take to address the economic, social, and personal impact of the COVID-19 crisis and to prepare for future pandemics on the community?

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Campaign Email mikeinganamort@gmail.com
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many American families prioritize things like open space. I want to ensure Chester Township leans into its strengths – like fresh air, accessible farms, and great schools – to attract families that not only want to make a life here, but also contribute to the community through volunteerism. Every Chester Township resident is an ambassador for our welcoming and dynamic community.

My top priority is to position Chester Township as a place where three generations of a family can enjoy life together: ensuring Chester Township's children have safe and high-quality recreation facilities to complement our excellent schools, encouraging residential and business investment to protect home values, and making sure our seniors can afford to stay here.
As Chester Township's finance liaison in 2019, I was proud to help deliver a budget that had no tax increase, a spike in the amount of debt paid off, and significant growth in the capital projects fund. I'm also proud to have facilitated the expansion of our shared municipal court with Mendham Township to also include Chester Borough, providing savings and greater efficiencies to all three municipalities. I currently serve as the Council President and liaison to the municipal court, the Office of Emergency Management, the Parks Committee, the Recreation Committee, and the multi-town Shared Services Working Group. I previously served on the Chester Township Planning Board.

Having visited Chester's farms and fairs (and even the flea market) as kids, my wife and I are proud to be providing these same unique, Chester experiences to our own children today. If we could bottle up these memories, we would. Instead, we are serving our community through the schools, sports, and scouts – to ensure these programs remain as vibrant today as they were then. Serving on the Chester Township Council is a rare privilege, but only a small part of our family's commitment to and love for Chester Township.
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