SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – Scotch Plains Democratic Committee Chair John Del Sordi as we speak introduced the committee has chosen Matthew S. Adams to run for Josh Losardo’s unexpired time period on the Township Council that was vacated when he grew to become mayor. Adams, 39, mentioned he’s honored the committee has chosen him to run for the seat to that was initially crammed by Suman Dahiya-Shah, who resigned last week as a consequence of private points. The Democratic Committee met on Saturday and endorsed his candidacy unanimously.
“We met whereas I used to be campaigning within the fall, and Matt expressed curiosity in being extra concerned on the town,” Losardo instructed TAPintoSPF. “He has been a planning board member since January.”
Since transferring to Scotch Plains in 2014, Adams has been closely concerned in youth sports activities, teaching soccer, whereas being an enthusiastic fan for youth wrestling and baseball. He says he needs to discover environment friendly methods by which to reinforce and increase the municipal sports activities fields.
“Whereas Scotch Plains has a well-earned statewide recognition for its youth sports activities, the amenities are restricted and insufficient for the quite a few sports activities applications on the town,” Adams mentioned.
“Price is at all times a priority and have to be thought-about, however we should search for progressive methods to enhance these fields, in addition to many different leisure alternatives to accommodate younger households,” he added.
Adams additionally targeted on downtown redevelopment and is decided to assist create a “world-class downtown,” noting he was happy to see the latest opening of Black Drop Espresso and Grano Pizzeria throughout from the Municipal Constructing on Park Avenue.
“We have to strike the stability between sensible development and limiting overcrowding,” Adams mentioned. “We have to create a vacation spot place, whereas producing new tax income within the course of.”
Adams is a companion at Fox Rothschild; he’s nationwide co-chair of the agency’s white-collar prison protection and regulatory compliance observe group. He earned an undergraduate diploma from Rutgers and his regulation diploma from Seton Corridor. Adams is a vp of the Affiliation of Felony Protection Legal professionals of New Jersey and a trustee with the Essex County Bar Affiliation.
Adams lives together with his spouse, Meredith, and their three younger youngsters. Politics is in his blood. His grandfather was the mayor of Neptune Metropolis for greater than three many years, and he remembers campaigning door-to-door with him. However the political roots run even deeper — a part of his household’s oral historical past is descendancy from two Presidents, John Quincy Adams and his father, John Adams, one of many nation’s founding fathers.
So may this be the stepping stone to an extended political profession and an eventual run for the White Home?
“Let’s take one step at a time,” he laughed. “That is my dwelling. I am humbled and honored to be chosen and imagine I’ve the ability set to assist sort out the city’s most urgent points.”