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Della Fera Will Seek Second Term as Westfield Councilman

First Ward Councilman says Westfield has faced challenges and overcome them.

Dear Editor:

It has been both my pleasure and my privilege to represent the people of the First Ward on the Westfield Town Council. Westfield continues to be the envy of other communities. We are a desirable place to live and raise a family, and a premier destination in the region for shopping, dining and entertainment. My family and I have been proud to call Westfield our home for 17 years. We enjoy its excellent school system, its vibrant and award-winning downtown and its charming neighborhoods. As a member of the Town Council, my focus has been, and will continue to be, to protect and preserve our exceptional quality of life.

Because I believe that I can continue to be an effective advocate for the residents of Westfield’s First Ward, I will be asking them for another term as their Councilman this November. During my current term, I have been available to and engaged with residents, and I have helped to manage the Town’s affairs responsibly. Most important, I have been responsive to the needs of my constituents, listening to their concerns, providing helpful information and assisting with the resolution of problems whenever practicable.

Westfield has faced unprecedented challenges over the past few years - natural, financial and otherwise – and we have overcome them together with the help of strong and capable leadership. If elected, I will continue my commitment to provide the local services that we deserve and have come to expect, in as cost-effective a manner as possible, and I will continue to aggressively advocate on behalf of the First Ward and all Westfield residents. I remain ready, willing and able to do the work necessary to maintain Westfield’s distinctive character and financial well-being, and I look forward to making our Town an even more special place to live.

Sam Della Fera, Jr.

Westfield Councilman 

Lori Bennett February 21, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Not really sure if the majority of this current town council wants to really protect and preserve our exceptional quality of life. When the majority of this town council, with the exception of David Haas, didn't support the Mayors Against Illegal Guns resolution, they made the mistake of showing Westfield residents just how politically influenced they are versus really listening to their constituents. The majority of the council sent a clear message that public safety is not as important as having a Republican seat on the town council - not very impressive.
ML February 22, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Sam, Thanks for your service and best of luck in your upcoming campaign. In the spirit of full-disclosure, I hail from the 4th Ward, but I am still curious to get your take on the idea of Westfield's mayor signing on to Mayors Against Illegal Guns and common-sense gun laws overall. Westfield is the picturesque family town (much like Sandy Hook) which draws many folks here to raise a family. Having two small children who will be starting elementary school in a few years (at Wilson), the tragedy last year hit way too close to home, as I'm sure it did for a lot of other parents in town. That's why I feel this is a fair question for any candidate to answer. All the best.
ML February 22, 2013 at 05:59 PM
as a side note, this is what my councilman in the 4th Ward had to say on the matter in the Comments section of another article posted on the Patch website just yesterday: Keith 12:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2013 "This is a mental Health issue....period. The rest is just Liberal feel good fantasy." source: http://westfield.patch.com/articles/councilman-david-haas-urges-mayor-skibitsky-to-join-mayors-against-illegal-guns#comments (about half way down the comments section) Would you agree w/ your fellow councilman on this? "Keith" actually insulted me and scoffed when I genuinely stated that a candidates stance on this issue was the number one issue I would be voting on in upcoming elections - going so far as to call my plan to lend my support to those in favor of common-sense gun laws a "hallow threat" in another thread. http://westfield.patch.com/articles/nj-residents-for-action-against-gun-violence-say-nj2as-members-sought-to-embarrass-them#comments (4th post) Odd behavior coming from an elected official - let's just chalk it up to "youthful exuberance and inexperience". It seems as though Keith gets a little carried away in Comments sections from time to time, and now he's trying to deny that these are his posts, but it didn't take much cyber-sleuthing to pull the mask off. Anyway, as a local resident, I think it's productive to know where our town council candidates stand on this issue. Be it in agreement w/ Keith, or not. Respectfully.
Melissa Cross March 21, 2013 at 02:55 AM
ML, Are you sure this is Councilman Keith Loughlin posting or just some other guy named Keith?

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