Clarification on Candidate Independence and Endorsements

I was honored to receive an individual endorsement from the Verona Education Association for election to the Verona Township Council. It has been a pleasure to serve as President of this phenomenal group of educators for the last seven years.

The VEA independent, non-partisan screening committee selected candidates based on questionnaires sent to all those seeking office. The survey asked questions about how the Township Council can support education in Verona. As a candidate, I did not serve on the committee, nor did I advise the members on which, if any, candidates to endorse.

While the Association endorsed three candidates, there was no coordination of campaigns before or after the endorsements. There are no candidates in the municipal election who are running as teams. 

The New Jersey Education Association sent a postcard mailer to only its members in Verona informing them of the VEA endorsement. The Verona Education Association did not expend any of its funds on candidate endorsements. Any funds the candidates do receive from school employees are from voluntary contributions made by members throughout New Jersey.

From the first day of my campaign, I made it very clear that I am not running against or with any candidate. Rather, I am running for Verona. 

I strongly encourage any resident with questions to call or email me. Please attend a meet and greet, Friday “Policy Hour” at my home or Sunday “Coffee with a Candidate” at Blue Hippo Coffee Company on Bloomfield Avenue. I hope to see you during my door-to-door rounds in our neighborhoods.

I wish my fellow candidates safe and positive conclusions to our campaign season. Please remember to vote for Chris Tamburro on Line 3A on May 11!