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Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese. (Photo: Dahlia Vertreese.)

Hillside mayor will seek 2nd term

By David Wildstein, February 15 2021 4:33 pm

Citing her bid to stabilize taxes and obtain an A+ bond rating, Hillside Mayor Dahlia Vertreese said today that she will seek re-election to a second term as mayor.

“In my first 4 years we have focused on getting Hillside back on the right track,” Vertreese said. “We have faced challenges, especially over the last year, but we have come together as a community and moved forward. Hillside has been progressive with battling COVID-19, creating a Mask-up campaign, doing weekly food distributions, and working with our community to provide support during these difficult times.”

Vertreese was first elected in a 2017 runoff, defeating Jorge Batista by around 30 votes,

Batista led Vertreese in the November non-partisan election by 227 votes, 35%-30%, in a field of four candidates.

Batista had been making his second bid for mayor.  In 2013, he finished third behind the winner, now-Union County Commissioner Angela Garretson, and incumbent Joseph Menza.

“I’m excited for all that is ahead for us as a Township,” said Vertreese. “I am running now for the vision of Hillside’s future. Our administration is excited to work with our community to continue to improve our services while renovating our parks, constructing a new library with a job training component and renovating the Hillside pool and adding a new spray park.”

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