EDITOR: I would like to express my sincerest appreciation to the residents of Bedminster for the confidence they have placed in me as reflected at the ballot box.
As is the case every October, candidates for elected office invade the physical and digital landscape. Corners are filled with signs, Facebook feeds become filled with political advertisements and strangers knock on doors at the most inopportune times. While these are the necessary evils of campaigning, the fact that you allow us to interrupt your daily routine is greatly appreciated and never overlooked.
I am grateful that the good folks of Bedminster took time out to share with me their thoughts and feedback as I walked the neighborhoods. Campaign season affords candidates the opportunity to do some “walk around management” every year and hear directly what’s on people’s minds. The rainy weather precluded me from getting to everyone this year, but if you have a concern, please reach out to me via email or social media.
Public service is a privilege that I do not take lightly or for granted, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue to work on behalf of all our residents. Regardless of where folks may stand politically, I think every resident has a strong interest in maintaining the quality of life and low taxes that are the hallmark of Bedminster and township government. I will continue to advocate for all residents and will maintain a strong focus on tackling and resolving local issues.
I would also like to express my thanks to Larry McShane – running for office is never an easy job, and both campaigns approached this year’s contest in a very positive and respectful manner.
Now that campaign season is over, I am eager to get back to work. What has always been paramount to me is listening to your thoughts and taking action. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Bedminster.
R. COLIN HICKEY
Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the Bedminster Township Committee. This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in The Bernardsville News.