Tracy Ness - Township Committee

Tracy Ness

Chatham Township Committee

A little about my family, my experience and my passion for making a difference ~

My name is Tracy Ness and I am proud to announce my candidacy for Chatham Township Committee.  I am running because we need a moderate voice on the committee. Someone who will represent everyone in the community. Chatham Township voted Democratic in the Presidential election and I know there are residents, whether Democrats, Independents or Republicans, who are moderates - not fans of either the hard right or left. Let's get back to common sense governance and putting the needs of our residents and community first.

I am a 23 year resident of Chatham Township. Raised my family and work in our town.  Our son Colin is a rising Junior at Loyola Honors College for pre-med.  Our younger son was recruited by Lafayette to play D-1 Lacrosse and will be a Freshman in September. ​  I spent 11 years as a writer/editor for the Chatham Independent Press attending every Township Committee meeting and writing about the issues affecting the township. I have researched and written about issues from affordable housing, side yard setbacks, road improvements, open space purchases, recreation to senior services, pot holes to parking and sidewalks.   As a realtor in town, I am out in the community listening to the needs of current residents.  I see who is moving into our community and hear what they like and don't like. It gives me an important perspective to bring to the Township Committee. 

Concern over the lack of a dedicated recreation director, canceling the Summer Camp, and the lack of an open budgeting process, safety concerns over a proposed trophy hunting ordinance and an overall lack of proactive government compelled me to run. A committee that represents any community, should look to solicit ideas from its community not impose them. Other towns like Chatham Borough and Madison have open dialogues and I want that for our residents.

Professionally, I worked on Wall Street as a Marketing and Communications Manager for a Financial and a Pharmaceutical  company. Recently I completed my term as President of the Chatham Athletic Boosters, which donated almost $100,000 to the Cougar Field Referendum project. Chatham Athletic Boosters raises money annually to provide additional coaches and new sports to further participation for student athletes.

When you lead a volunteer organization or any organization you work with many different people.  Collaboration creates a better experience and provides better results. 



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