EDITORIAL: Our local endorsements for Bernardsville, Bernards Township, Bedminster and Far Hills
Voters in four of the Somerset Hills towns will decide contests for municipal seats in the Tuesday, Nov. 3, general election.
Board of Education seats will also be filled in the election, but there are no contested school board races in the local communities.
In Bedminster, residents will fill one, three-year term on the Township Committee.
Republican incumbent R. Colin Hickey is seeking re-election against Democrat Jeffrey Beyer.
Beyer, a business owner, is calling for more balance on the five-member Township Committee, which is comprised all Republicans. He was critical of the committee’s recent decision to replace the Bedminster Hills Housing Corp. (BHHC), which has long managed the township’s affordable housing sales, with an outside firm, with the little advance public notification.
We agree with him on both fronts. There could be better balance on governing body, which sadly has never spoken a critical word about President Trump’s political activities in town, even following his reckless decision to attend a fund-raiser at his private club here after knowing he was exposed to the coronavirus.
And the decision to terminate the BHHC – a significant change which very well may have been the correct move – was nonetheless sprung on the community with virtually no notice and little opportunity for public input.
Regardless, Committeeman Hickey is not fully responsible for the decision and deserves another term in office based on his extensive contributions to the community.
Hickey has been an outstanding asset to the governing body, working effectively on multiple fronts.
A professional consultant, he has led the township’s effort to fight an exorbitant rate increase proposed by the New Jersey American Water company. He has also worked with JCP&L to help bring about real improvements to end power outages. Both issues directly impact a significant number of township residents.
Hickey has also lent his expertise on technology issues and been a hands-on volunteer with other community efforts, such as the establishment of a food pantry during the pandemic.
On Nov. 3, Bedminster residents should re-elect Colin Hickey to the Township Committee.
Editor’s Note: The entire article with endorsements for neighboring towns appears in The Bernardsville News.