Elect Richardson in Harding, ‘well-educated,’ ‘determined’

Observer-Tribune  Oct 13, 2019

EDITOR:

I want to encourage residents of Harding Township to vote for Amanda Richardson for a position on the Harding Township Committee in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Amanda is young, active, well-educated, engaged in Democratic politics, determined and dedicated to protecting this unique community, while bringing an enhanced level of communication, accountability and transparency to committee meetings.

Amanda will help residents make informed decisions by making recordings of township meetings available to the public in order to facilitate everyone’s understanding of township issues.

She also plans to hold o!ce hours and one-on-one meetings on di”erent days and at varied times to create a better informed citizenry. This will also mean that Amanda will be a better informed member of the Township Committee, thanks to these information exchanges. She will

learn what citizens want and need and will bring a fresh voice to the committee. She is determined to protect the natural beauty of Harding; while maintaining low taxes.

Amanda Richardson grew up in Harding, with the Great Swamp in her backyard. Her impressive education credentials include an undergraduate degree from Amherst College and a law degree from Columbia University.

As the co-founder of Resource Equity, an international NGO that works on land rights, Amanda has dealt with issues like land tenure; reform, community rights, and program management.

Amanda and her husband, along with their young son, made a considered decision to return to her childhood home and to help the town she loves become more inclusive through transparent political decisions, communicated simply and clearly to all the citizens of Harding.

MARY JUDITH CHADOURNE

Tulip Lane, Harding Township

Richardson has right qualities for Harding Township

Observe er-Tribune  Oct 9, 2019

EDITOR:

I write in support of the candidacy of Amanda Richardson for a seat on the Harding Township Committee on Nov. 5.

Amanda is a remarkable individual and her enthusiasm and skills will be a valuable asset to any organization. She grew up in Harding and returned !ve years ago to raise her family here. This history gives her a strong sense of Harding as a community and demonstrates a commitment to the future of Harding.

Amanda represents a constituency that has not been very visible on recent Township Committees – a millennial with deep roots in the community who is willing to put herself forward to give back to the community.

Her experiences as a practicing attorney and the founder of Resource Equity (a non-pro!t with a mission of empowering women internationally) along with her roots in Harding position her to be an e”ective member of the Harding Township Committee.

Please consider her candidacy (additional information at amandaforharding.com) and I hope you will conclude as I have that she is worthy of your vote on Nov. 5.

CHRIS ALLYN

Lake Trail West, Harding Township

Allen, Barry grateful for Harding support

Observer Tribune  Nov 20, 2018

EDITOR:

We would like to extend our congratulations to Ms. (Nanette) DiTosto and Mr. (Tim) Jones on their election to the Harding Township Committee and to express our sincere gratitude to everyone who supported us and worked tirelessly throughout our campaign, especially our families whose eternal support is deeply appreciated.

We were truly humbled by the dozens of volunteers who hosted events in their homes, accompanied us while canvassing and campaigning at the post office, stuffed envelopes, made phone calls and donated to our campaign.

Amanda Richardson, the current chair of the Harding Township Democrats, deserves special recognition for her work organizing our group and barely coming up for air in the the weeks leading to the election. Special thanks also to Ayse Ergene, our student intern from Seton Hall University, whose competence, skills, willingness to help, kindness, patience, and dedication were invaluable.

We thank the League of Women Voters for coming to Harding with five volunteers to moderate a very successful and impartial candidates forum. Thank you also to the Harding Township Civic Association and the Church of Christ the King for hosting.

We were thrilled and honored to welcome Congressional candidate (now Congresswoman- Elect) Mikie Sherrill and U.S. Sen. Cory Booker to the New Vernon Post Office on the Saturday before the election. Thank you to the more than 100 Harding residents and neighbors who joined us that day and to the Harding Police Department who recognized our gathering for what it was, a peaceful citizen assembly. This is what democracy looks like.

Thank you to the poll workers, who were at town hall from the crack of dawn on election day to ensure all residents who so chose were able to cast their ballots. We were delighted and humbled to have earned nearly 800 votes this year (about 300 more than 2017). Our percentage increased from 33 percent in 2017 to 36 percent this year.

We were proud to do our part as well to support Congresswoman-elect Mikie Sherrill, who earned 45 percent of the vote in Harding Township.

It was a pleasure and an honor running for office in Kate’s hometown and Rhonda’s home of nearly 30 years. We look forward to remaining active, meeting more residents, and ensuring that the members of our community feel comfortable being and supporting Democrats. We are excited for Harding Township’s future.

RHONDA ALLEN

Deer Ridge Drive

KATE BARRY

Meyersville Road

Harding Township

Election is sign to be optimistic in Harding

Observer Tribune  Nov 20, 2018

EDITOR:

There is reason to be optimistic about the state of democracy in our community following last Tuesday’s election.

First and foremost, in Harding, in the larger Congressional District 11 and across the country, Americans came out in higher numbers to cast their ballot. Nearly 61 percent of Harding voters exercised their most precious right on Tuesday, as compared to the 43 percent who voted in Harding in the last midterm election. This uptick is a very welcome change from the 2014 midterm that marked the lowest nationwide voter participation in nearly 75 years.

With an open field after the retirement of U.S. Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen who represented the district since 1995, both the Republican and Democratic party competed for our votes. This is a good thing. It imbued a level of enthusiasm and engagement to the race and gave residents a fresh opportunity to assess and to weigh-in on the representation they seek from their congressional, county and local officials.

Allen and Barry will stimulate civic involvement in Harding

Letter to the Editor; Observer-Tribune; Oct 3, 2018

EDITOR:

Let’s welcome two new faces on the Harding Township Committee: Allen and Barry.

I am writing in support of Rhonda Allen and Kate Barry for Harding Township Committee. Both women are long time residents spanning three generations here. Both have impressive educational backgrounds: Dr. Allen has a PhD in clinical psychology and Ms. Barry holds a masters in environment and sustainable development.

They are committed to Harding’s green spaces and low taxes.

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Vote Barry, Allen for diversity in Harding Township

Letter to the Editor; Observer-Tribune; 03-Oct-2018

EDITOR:

I wholeheartedly support the candidacies of Kate Barry and Rhonda Allen for seats on the Harding Township Committee.

Kate and Rhonda are both well qualified and prepared to assume the role of Township Committee members.

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Allen, Barry shocked by gun control silence in Harding

EDITOR: When it comes to common sense gun control, with the exception of one member, the Harding Township Committee has nothing to say.

Regardless as to where you stand on the issue, it would be hard to argue that gun violence is currently anything less than one of the most pressing and high profile issues in America right now. All across the country, students, survivors and their friends and families, politicians, and Americans of all political inclinations, are speaking passionately about an issue of national importance.

At the March 12, Township Committee meeting, Rhonda Allen asked the Township Committee if they had a position on gun control, including a ban on assault weapons and high magazine rounds, noting that it was two days before the one-month anniversary of the massacre in Parkland, Fla.

She informed the committee that many of our high school students were planning to participate in the 17-minute school walkout in remembrance of the lives lost to gun violence and urging Congress to enact stricter commonsense gun laws. Allen also invited the Township Committee to join her and other Harding residents at the March 24 “March for Our Lives” in Morristown.

We were astounded and very saddened by the lack of response. The only reply came from Nic Platt. He supports a ban on assault weapons and pointed to Antonin Scalia and former President Ronald Reagan, who both agreed that assault weapons were not protected under the Second Amendment.

While we greatly appreciate his response, we were appalled that no other member of the Township Committee cared to comment.

To be clear, Tim Jones, Nanette DiTosto, Dev Modi and Chris Yates did not even offer condolences to families who lost a loved one to gun violence. They chose not to acknowledge that gun deaths are unfortunate and sad, or that the massacres in Parkland, Newtown, Columbine, Las Vegas, Littleton, Orlando, and Charleston, among too many others, are horrific and tragic.

Not one of that group said children should always feel safe in their schools. Instead, they took the unfathomable route, choosing to say nothing.

We do not necessarily expect to agree with these four members (though we do not feel that gun violence should be a partisan issue), but we did expect an acknowledgement of the tragedies resulting from gun violence. Unfortunately, we were presented only with silence.

RHONDA ALLEN
Deer Ridge Drive

KATE BARRY
Meyersville Road

Harding Township

Editor’s note: The writers were both unsuccessful Democratic candidates for the Harding Township  Committee.