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Westfield's Skibitsky to Seek Third Term as Mayor

In June, Skibitsky will become Westfield's longest-serving mayor.

On Wednesday, Westfield Mayor Andrew Skibitsky announced he will seek re-election this November.

A Republican, Skibitsky was appointed mayor in June 2005 following the resignation of former mayor Greg McDermott. He had been serving as a Third Ward Councilman prior to the appointment.

He was elected to a full term in 2005, defeating former mayor Tom Jardim, the only Democrat in the last century to serve as mayor of Westfield. Skibitsky was re-elected in 2009, defeating former judge Bill Brennan. 

A long-standing but unwritten tradition, most Westfield mayors have not sought a third term. In recent history, Jardim ran for a third term but it was not immediately following the two terms he served in 1996 and 1998. He sought re-election in 2005 but lost to Skibitsky. In June, Skibitsky will become the longest-serving mayor in Westfield history.

Skibitsky issued the following statement Wednesday, Feb. 6: 

This November, I will be asking the residents of Westfield to allow me the privilege of serving as their Mayor for another term.  Serving as your Mayor has been a truly rewarding and humbling experience.

When asked why I enjoy being the Mayor, my answer has always been that it is the opportunity to meet so many of this town’s talented and compassionate residents that makes my job so rewarding. Westfield residents are proud of this community, and are committed to keeping it one of the greatest places to live and raise a family. Speaking with residents on a daily basis and listening to their concerns and ideas has instilled in me the greatest appreciation for the town of Westfield and all that it has to offer. Debbie and I could never have imagined a better place to raise our family or a better school district to put our children through. When friends visit from out of town I am excited to show them all the restaurants and shops that downtown has to offer.

I truly believe that it is this pride in and appreciation for Westfield, shared by its residents and myself alike, that has carried this town through one of the worst financial crisis and natural disasters the State has faced.  Although there is no doubt that Westfield residents have faced great adversity during these troubling times, this community has pulled together like few others. Not only has this town overcome great obstacles, but it has come out stronger and smarter. I am running for re-election because I want to make sure Westfield remains resilient in the face of challenging times and continues to be the community that we take such pride in.

Thank you for putting your trust in my leadership.  I ask for your support so that I may continue to work with the town’s residents to make Westfield an even greater place to call home.

Please stop by Bagel Chateau Saturday, February 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to sign my petition for election.

Ghost of FDR February 07, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Are you kidding me? Say it ain't so Andy! Just like the Presidency 2 terms is more than enough- and its time for the other side of the aisle to get a chance running the town- though I would support Vicki Kimmins for Mayor if she ran.....or A John Blake!
Pollster February 07, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Skibitsky has the distinction of being Westfield's longest serving mayor with the help of a term being extended from 2 years to 4 years. He was appointed to finish the term McDermott and then was elected twice. No mayor has ever been elected to 3 consecutive terms. In the past, the Republican Party enjoyed having such popular candidates as Chin, Friggerio, Boothe, and Bagger waiting in the wings to continue the Republicans dominance leading Westfield. Not so anymore. The likes of Neylan, Foerst, and Loughlin have forced the Republicans to break the longstanding unwritten code of not seeking a third consecutive elected term in order to maintain a stronghold on the office of Mayor of Westfield.
Pollster February 07, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Skibitsky's new nickname...........Bloomberg.
Time For Change February 07, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I believe that the Mayor has done a good job in his two terms but it is time for someone else to get a chance to have this "thankless" job. 8 years is more than enough and it is time for someone new to lead. There is no doubting the time he spends on this unpaid position but if I read one more time in the Leader in an article about a Town Council meeting that "Mayor Skibitsky was out of town", I am going to scream! Hey, the guy has a job and he should make his living, but if that job won't allow him to be at almost ALL of the Town Council meetings, then he should step aside and let someone else get the chance. His last term has been so heavily focused on the Central Ave light and his lengthy "conversations" at meeting with Kasko, that I just think we need some change. This is not about his performance, or his desire to serve or his dedication, but often times, change is good, and it is now "TimeforChange".
Keith February 07, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Andy, Thanks you for your tireless service to our community. May election day provide a mandate to confirm you have the support of this wonderful town. Thanks again !!!
Steve February 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Not so Keith. May Election Day provide a mandate to confirm he has the support of a majority of this wonderful town. He does not have the support of the "town" as a whole. No politician does.
Beth February 07, 2013 at 04:11 PM
Completely agree Time for Change. I couldn't have said it better myself.
klubkleb February 07, 2013 at 04:55 PM
Over-rated. Roads in lousy shape. A DPW that's an embarrassment. Ridiculous arguments with residents. Higher property taxes. High school parking still unsolved.
Vote for Pedro February 07, 2013 at 05:17 PM
He never shows up to town meetings. He is the no-show mayor. We need someone who will attend town council meetings. Time for new ideas, this guys time has run its course. Write in PEDRO in November.
John Barrington February 07, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Skibitsky has done a great job thus far and I'm confident he will continue to do so. He has the support of the majority of the town behind him despite what his outspoken critics may say.
Rachel Fox February 07, 2013 at 08:31 PM
A 3rd Term- No way......Enough already- Possible Candidates in my view: Mama Ferrara, Woman at Rich's Cleaners that always says Come Back Soon, and Jason the Barista at Starbucks- Now they are Westfield Legends...
Wally Westfield February 07, 2013 at 09:38 PM
other than ego and power, why would anyone want this role for a 3rd term?
Pat February 07, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Hey thanks John. Keep us posted on how much you will be donating to the Skibitsky campaign. Keep a count on how many pigs in a blanket you suck down at one of his fund raising parties. Maybe you can show up at the Bagel Chateau on Saturday and butter his bagel after you sign his petition. Typical of a pompous politician. "Come to me, sign my politician petition rather than I come to you at your door." VOTE ABS and that has nothing to do with braking systems.
Yippy February 08, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Ponder this, Brammnick runs for Congress when Lautenberg term is up in 2014. Skibitsky, all along seeking a paid political office with benefits, runs for Bramnick's seat in the state assembly thus vacating his seat as Westfield Mayor. The Republicans will then be able to back in either Neylan, Loughlin, or Della Ferra to finish out Skibitsky's term, three candidates who would have a problem winning a general election. Thats how Skibitsky became mayor.
Bob Wilson February 09, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Andy has done nothing but work tirelessly for this town. I think it's pretty obvious from his continuous selfless service that he is the best for Westfield.
S_O_G February 13, 2013 at 07:40 PM
he has my vote. Anyone that can put up with the bozos at the town meetings has earned another term
S_O_G February 13, 2013 at 07:41 PM
And if you do not want him as Mayor, then do not vote for him. Let the residents decide
ML February 22, 2013 at 03:09 AM
do you fetch his coffee too?
ML February 22, 2013 at 03:26 AM
ok, I kind of feel bad about that one. I have no beef w/ Skibitsky but urge him to join on with Mayors Against ILLEGAL Guns as soon as possible. Mayor, Respectfully, do you agree w/ Keith (aka Keith Loughlin Westfield Councilman for the Fourth Ward) when he said the following regarding the gun law debate: "This is a mental Health issue....period. The rest is just Liberal feel good fantasy" http://westfield.patch.com/articles/councilman-david-haas-urges-mayor-skibitsky-to-join-mayors-against-illegal-guns#comments

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