March 26, 2007
Hamilton Township Republicans today announced their 2007 Candidate Slate for Hamilton Township Committee. Republicans Amy Gatto, Roger Silva and Joe Nickels will challenge three sitting Democrats in the November 6th election.
Former Atlantic County Freeholder Joe Nickels heads the ticket and will vie for the 1-year term vacated with the resignation of John Sacchinelli earlier this year. Nickels, who is certainly no stranger to politics, served as an Atlantic County Freeholder from 1995 to 2000. His distinguished career in public service also included three years as a Township Committeeman including time as Deputy Mayor, as well as several years on the local Planning and Zoning Boards for Hamilton Township. Nickels is excited to be ?back in the game,? although he is not toying around when he cites his reasons for running in this election.
?I?m very disconcerted with the current Democrat leadership,? remarks Nickels. ?It?s as if a veil has been placed over Town Hall and our government is no longer transparent. I?m appalled at the attempts to silence the public with the taping and public comment issues of late and I?m concerned about the level of disrespect for our residents,? he states.
?I believe in open debate and open government and that is not what is on display right now in our township. I intend to make every effort to change that and restore some sanity to the process. I?m confident in this ticket and in our ability to return Hamilton Township to the people.?
Roger Silva adds another dimension to the fall ticket. Current Treasurer and former Vice Chairman of the Hamilton Township MUA, as well as sitting Industrial Commission Member, Silva boasts an equally impressive resume. His involvement in local politics spans more than two decades, although he is more of a ?career volunteer? than career politician. His work in the community as a youth sports coach, Buddy Ball Sports League advocate and Recreation Advisory Board member has earned him the respect of his community and secured Silva genuine cross-party support.
Silva was a 2006 Democrat candidate for Township Committee who stepped out of the race early when he noted some questionable strategies being employed by the Democrat leadership. Silva formally joined the Republican Party because he felt more in concert with its philosophies, particularly as they relate to public service and government accountability.
?I believe our community is suffering under the current Democrat leadership,? remarks Silva. ?They are forgetting the very people who are responsible for their election. It?s a tragic disconnect.? he continues. ?When I retire someday, I want to be able to do so in the community I love and call home. In order for that to happen, someone has step up and effect change. I want more and I want better for Hamilton Township and I?m willing to roll up my sleeves and help make that happen. I believe our government needs to change and our residents will now have that choice. This ticket promises a choice for change.? Silva states.
Amy Gatto, the lone woman on the ticket, brings far more to the trio than the female perspective. Gatto is a current Hamilton Township School Board Member and serves as a Democrat-appointed member of the Environmental Commission. She holds a B.S and B.A. from Widener University and is also a graduate of the Christine Todd Whitman Excellence in Public Service Series.
Gatto is an At-Large County Committeeperson and a founding member of the Atlantic County Young Republicans Organization. She regularly volunteers at her alma mater, Oakcrest High School, and for such organizations as “Make a Difference Day,” the Boys and Girls Club and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Previously, she was a “buddy” in the Buddy Ball Sports League. Miss Gatto first served as “Deputy Mayor for a Day” while attending Davies Middle School in Mays Landing. Her senior counterpart at that time was then Deputy Mayor Joe Nickels. Gatto credits Nickels as an early and continued inspiration and hopes to encourage Hamilton’s youth and young families to become more involved in local government.
“Since grade school, and specifically after I served as ?Deputy Mayor for a Day? under Joe Nickels, I’ve been passionate about government, politics and public service. I hope to speak with residents, old and new, about the Township’s government structure and processes to make participation less intimidating. I believe an honest and effective team like ours can restore an honest and effective government to Hamilton Township. My ultimate goal is to afford citizens the opportunity to live comfortably and affordably in a safe and friendly environment while enjoying the small-town and historic presence of Hamilton Township.?
For more information on Hamilton Township?s 2007 Republican slate or to obtain additional resume information, please contact: HTRepublicans@aol.com.