CHATHAM – The Town of Chatham Republican Party held their public caucus on Tuesday July 23, to at the Chatham Town Hall, which was open to all residents of the town. As a result of the caucus voting, attended by approximately 20 people, mostly Republicans, the registered Republicans in attendance named four long-term town residents as candidates for various elected positions in the town:
Maria Lull, currently a member of the Town Board, will be running again. Ms. Lull is a local businesswoman who has used that experience to work diligently to represent the voters of Chatham in establishing programs and policies for the effective delivery of town services. She has worked very hard with other town board members to make sure that any new ordinances, laws, regulations passed by the town are also designed to protect the property rights of town residents, as well as serve the general welfare of the town.
Henry V. Swartz Jr, also current member of the Town Board, will be running again. Mr. Swartz is a local businessman and volunteer firefighter who is working hard to finish the work of the Zoning Implementation Committee, while insuring that the property rights of residents are protected. He has also been instrumental in getting state and federal agencies moving on the White Mills Road Bridge project. He continues to work with other town board members to make cuts to the town budget where appropriate and to keep local taxes as low as possible.
Beth Anne Rippel, the current Town Clerk and Tax Collector for the past four years, is running for re-election un-opposed. She has been recognized by town residents over the years for providing quality service to any town resident who needs it. She has also been endorsed by the Conservative, Independence and Democrat parties.
Joseph M. Rickert, of Chatham Center, has been employed with the Town of Chatham Highway Department for over 27 years. He has been the Highway Superintendent for the last 14 years and is seeking re-election. His performance as Highway Superintendent, sometimes under the worst of weather conditions, has been routinely recognized by town residents from all political parties. He will be running un-opposed as he has received the endorsements of the Conservative, Independence and Democrat parties.