Election season can be a difficult time and is usually referenced as “Silly Season” because politics is like tribal warfare. Local politics is its own creature, with lifestyle, opinions, and personal interests cutting across philosophical boundaries. Different issues can have best-intended people on opposing sides. And just as the worst fight is a domestic fight, there is no level of politics that provokes such heated emotions as local politics.
In some way this is good, it shows the trust we put in local government and the role local government plays in our lives. Local government is the most important level of government. It impacts a community in ways that officeholders in other levels of government can only daydream about and we Republicans like it that way, keeping as much say-so as close to the people as possible.
Being an elected official isn't easy, especially these days. Budgets are tight, workforce is scarce and tough decisions have to be made routinely. It's only right that we should debate passionately about the issues. That's democracy at work, but we must never let these disagreements become bitter or personal, and we should renounce this in our political discourse.
We should remember to thank all the candidates who volunteer to run for local office. Howell's volunteerism makes it a special place to live and should never be taken for granted. We should always appreciate, and never discourage, whatever spirit leads a person to devote such time and energy to facilitate the lives of others.
Additionally, Howell residents are friendly and gracious, and they want their public servants to be the same way. Our citizens will like, trust, and vote for candidates who reflect the values they aspire for themselves and their kids. Moreover, the evidence is that Howell voters react negatively to campaign tactics they perceive as personal attacks.
New Jersey Republicans have much to be proud of. Burdened with an historic deficit, Governor Christie has instituted many important economic and budget reforms which means we must work together to put more Republican like-minded people in office. In Washington, Mitt Romney, Joe Kyrillos and Chris Smith will do what we send them to do, unshackle our national economy and work to solve our fiscal crisis before it's too late. Freeholders John Curley, Serena DiMaso, County Clerk Claire French, William Gotto for Mayor and Ed Guz for Council of Howell Township will do the same for Monmouth County and Howell Township.
Lastly, we may not agree on every issue, but republicans agree that conservative, frugal, limited government will make our nation, state and town a better place. Our common goal this election is to take back our country, let's unite to make that a reality.
All the best,