Election Opinion South Orange

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca Endorses Sheena Collum for South Orange Village President

To the Editor:

On May 14th, I urge South Orange voters to re-elect Sheena Collum as Village President. Sheena is a strong leader and by far the better choice for the future of South Orange.

Four years ago, Sheena reached out to me to discuss how our two towns could work more closely together to improve the delivery of municipal services and achieve costs savings to benefit our taxpayers. During her tenure we’ve entered into more partnerships than ever before, the most successful of which has been the Two Towns for All Ages initiative. Sheena took the lead in securing hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve and increase services for the elderly in our two communities.

Sheena also has been a great advocate for her constituents. In 2017, when New Jersey Transit made a unilateral decision to cut Midtown Direct train service, Sheena and I organized other elected officials along the rail line to hold Transit’s feet to the fire. We secured express bus service for our commuters and made sure detailed information was provided to our residents so they could utilize alternative travel options. Sheena has consistently promoted better rail service for South Orange train riders.

And Sheena has been a voice for social justice. She has been outspoken in support of the LGBTQ and Transgender communities, common sense gun regulations, immigrant rights, and the legalization of adult use marijuana. On numerous occasions Sheena brought our communities together to oppose white nationalism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. It is due to Sheena’s leadership that South Orange voted to become a welcoming community for all.

Sheena is also a tough negotiator, always fighting for the interests of her community. In our discussions about a joint fire department, Sheena has called for a shared management structure, job protections for current South Orange firefighters, and improved fire services throughout South Orange. You can be sure that Sheena will continue to promote South Orange’s interests as we move forward with those negotiations.

Sheena Collum is the right choice for South Orange and I enthusiastically endorse her re-election. I’ve seen Sheena in action and have complete confidence in her abilities, knowledge and leadership skills. Please vote for Sheena Collum on Tuesday, May 14.

Victor De Luca

Mayor of Maplewood

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