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Councilman David Haas to Run for Mayor of Westfield

Third Ward Democratic councilman will challenge Mayor Andy Skibitsky.

Third Ward Councilman David Haas has announced he will challenge Westfield Mayor Andy Skibitksy for his seat this November.

First elected in 2005 and reelected in 2009, Haas is the council's lone Democrat and a former member of both the Board of Adjustment and the Planning Board. 

According to The Westfield Leader, Haas stated: "I am running to help make Westfield an even better place to live than it is. We are all proud that Westfield has excellent schools, a vibrant downtown, beautiful parks, and caring, intelligent and skilled neighbors. But like other very successful communities, Westfield needs a town government dedicated to promoting openness, transparency and the active involvement of every member of our community, regardless of political party or affiliation, in meeting the new and sometimes unexpected challenges we will face in the years ahead."

In recent months, Haas, a father of two, has urged Skibitsky to join Mayors Against Illegal Guns. 

In February, Skibitsky announced he will buck tradition and seek a third term.

The Town Council will meet next at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Municipal Building. 

Jerseyjam March 20, 2013 at 06:41 PM
Ok Marci. WHAT GUNS (be specific now) would you ban. Since it is all about "setting limits" tell me what "limits" you would set and why. And then tell me that you honestly believe that any law passed will in any way prevent gang bangers, thugs, hoods, drug dealers, and psychos (the ones who do most of the gun killings) from getting their hands on an "oozie" or whatever. How come it didn't set any limits on the guy who had the Ooozie already? Because just because you pass a law, or sign a petition, doesn't mean people change.
Jerseyjam March 20, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Marci. Who at the NRA do you know? Who have you interacted with? Do you, in fact know ANYONE at the NRA? I don't...not a member, don't know any. I don't need an organization to understand my basic constitutional rights. I assume then if you are in favor of women's rights you must be one of those NOW mouthpieces. A tool of Gloria Steinam? (See how annoying that is when people don't give you credit for having your own belief systems?). Here's how uninformed you sound: You say: "Put an automatic weapon in people's hands--" STOP! right there. An AR-15 is NOT an automatic weapon. An automatic weapon like one of your compadre's "ooozies" is. And that, my dear activist wannabe, is why they are ILLEGAL already and no one argues with that. Oh and Marci, please tell me why I never heard of your organization before it was little WHITE suburban children who were killed -- by a psychopath by the way. Just like McVae (with a bomb). How come for YEARS now, day in day out, little black and latino children have been gunned down on regular basis on our streets from Camden to Chicago to Oakland and nary a peep from you "concerned for the children" types? What is it Marci? Only when the kids look like yours does it count? A five year old Deshawn or Juanita killed by a drive by shooting in Compton means little to the Karens and Marcis of the world. But a little Brittany or Aidan? Whoa! Suddenly "enough is enough"? Please. So transaparent. Such selective outrage. So...LIBERAL."
Lori Bennett March 20, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Whoa Aman did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?? First of all maybe you should consider anger management, and then come back and really review these comments before you respond. Ask yourself Why you feel the need to attack these woman and our organization for supporting David Haas for Mayor and gun control laws. It's easy to be the angry, nasty guy hiding behind words.
MarciB March 20, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Aman77, selective outrage? You have not walked in my shoes buddy and if you had, you may think very differently about my selective activism. There are too many issues I care deeply about not just "white kids" getting shot. You question our timing? Fine when 20 six years olds get shot up in seconds, black white or otherwise whether it's Chicago or Newtown, it's high time to take our heads out of the sand and say enough! You feel differently, you think it's ok to do nothing, it's your life and your conscience. I know what my responsibility is as a citizen and all your hateful distortions only empower me. So thank you, I am now that much more motivated to get this right. I cannot continue to waste my time responding to you. I have bigger fish to fry.
Jerseyjam March 20, 2013 at 09:25 PM
But gee Marci. every day for years and year little black and brown kids were dying and there was no outrage there. Let me ask you a question. If in 300 days 1 black child dies every day from a gun, and then once every what? 3000days 20 white kids are killed (but all at once) who is more dead? And I love the "hateful" fallback all you limosine liberals fall back on when you're exposed for the hypocrites you are. Face it. You got involved because these kids, unlike the thousands of inner city youth, look a little too much like yours. In other words: You matter more. Which is what liberalism is all about. It starts from the mirror and works its way out. So why now Marci? Huh? Be honest. You know it's true. Which is why your, I say it again, SELECTIVE OUTRAGE is so transparent. You want to feel good about yourself? You want to be able to feel morally superior? Go work in a soup kitchen. But stop trying to rewrite the Constitution which you've never read, to ban weapons you know nothing about, from people who have done no harm but been law abiding citizens, just so you can feel like you "did something." Something is not always good. A liberal definition of a "hater": Someone who disagrees with them.

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