My wife, Julie, and I are writing in response to a letter published April 17 by Westfield resident Mic Mead who went out of his way to attack Washington Township Trustee candidate Marla Ailor. His reference to Marla Ailor as a ‘stranger running against our incumbent’ and stating that ‘he cannot find anyone in Westfield who has seen her at public meetings’ is totally irresponsible and flat-out untrue.
For the past few years, Marla has been our connection to city council and planning committee meetings because, let’s face it, who wants to attend them on a consistent basis? We are very aware of her frequent attendance and interest in local government. I know that she has spoken at the same meetings that Mr. Mead has been in attendance.
For close to 20 years, we have known Marla Ailor as a trusted friend, a caring mother, an active community volunteer, a PTO president/member and a concerned citizen. Together, Marla and I have chaired and co-chaired several fundraising events raising over a quarter-million-dollars for various charities. With a caring heart, she is an aggressively enterprising person and an active citizen.
I saw Mrs. Ailor’s recent television interview regarding the Riverfront District. She never mentioned her candidacy and was speaking as a concerned citizen not as a trustee candidate; and, she never called for a ‘citizen’s task force’ (the Westfield Mayor referred to a ‘task force’). These distortions and misrepresentations by Mr. Mead are unfounded and fabricated.
I knew David Gill during his entire 16-year tenure as Township Trustee and he did an outstanding job at the position. As a three-time incumbent running for re-election, Mr. Gill never ran an unopposed primary election as Ms. Tolan did four years ago and was ‘given’ the trustee position. Mr. Mead’s many prevarications show that a ‘nervous meter’ may be ticking for him and his first-time incumbent.
Marla is a highly-focused and detail-oriented individual who will make an exceptional Washington Township Trustee. Julie and I will be voting for Marla Ailor on May 8 and recommend her candidacy to all other Washington Township citizens who appreciate energetic, active and well-informed representation.