HARDING TWP. – GOP Mayor Chris Yates and Republican Rita Chipperson will be running for the two three-year seats at stake on the Township Committee in the Tuesday, Nov. 3 general election against Democrats Amanda Richardson and Kate Barry.
Republican Township Committeeman Dev Modi is not seeking re-election.
“I’ve been honored to serve the residents of Harding through normal times and times of crisis,” said Yates. “Harding is the greatest town in New Jersey and we work hard to keep it that way. We’ve navigated through storms, affordable housing, budget pressures, and now the pandemic and I think we’ve kept a steady hand through all of it and delivered exactly what the voters have a right to expect: low taxes, clear-eyed management, responsive government, and good long-term planning.”
Richardson said: “This is no time for partisanship. It is important to us to continue to build a two-party, robust, democratic political culture in Harding.
“But in these unprecedented times, we are more committed than ever to running a collegial campaign. I truly believe that the way Township Committeeman Nic Platt and I ran such respectful campaigns against each other last year helped bring the town together. Our Civic Association debate was more like a town hall meeting.”
Yates has served for six years on the all-Republican Township Committee, including four years as mayor, while Chipperson, a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Harding Township/Green Village Bridle Path Association, replaces incumbent Committeeman Dev Modi, who is stepping down after two terms, on the Republican ballot.
Barry serves on the Environmental Commission and is a member of the Great Swamp Wildlife Association Board of Trustees while Richardson serves as Harding Township Democratic chair and volunteers with the Harding Township Civic Association.
“It’s been a pleasure to serve on the Environmental Commission, and I learned a lot about the needs of Harding residents going door-to-door in previous campaigns,” said Barry. “We would like to commend all of the important work being done by our governmental and civic institutions, from the police and other township employees to our volunteer Fire Department and first aid squad.”
Chipperson said: “I’m excited to run with Chris for the Township Committee.
“I’ve spent a lot of time over the last few years gaining a deep understanding of municipal issues and look forward to working with the Township Committee to represent Harding residents. The issues our town faces are complex and require a lot of hard work to address.”
To respond to the pandemic, Richardson said the Harding Township Democratic Committee is organizing a blood drive to be held in May. The organization is also holding weekly online meetings on Zoom that are open to all. To join, email firstname.lastname@example.org.