Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Kathy Abbott’s bid for a full term on the Chatham Township Committee was endorsed today by five mayors of the township, including three Democrats and two Republicans.
Abbott, a Democrat, was appointed to fill the committee seat of former mayor Tracy Ness, a fellow Democrat who resigned in June. She previously served a single term on the committee as a Republican from 2011 to 2014.
“We wholeheartedly endorse Kathy Abbott for Chatham Township Committee,” wrote the group of mayors, among them Ness, current Democratic mayor Stacey Ewald, former Democratic mayor Sue Hoag, and former Republican mayors Mike Kelly and Fred Pocci. “We know she has the experience, tenacity, and character to move Chatham forward as a community.”
Abbott faces Republican Mark Lois in the November general election. The current balance of the township committee is three Democrats and two Republicans – meaning whichever party wins this November gets control of the mayoralty.
Elections in Chatham Township also can have reverberations beyond the township’s boundaries. The township is part of the 21st legislative district, an often competitive district home to Senate Minority Leader Tom Kean, Jr. (R-Westfield) and Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-Westfield), and the 11th congressional district, where former Chatham Township Mayor Tayfun Selen is one of several Republicans running against Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair).