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Democrat to Run for Unexpired Term Council Seat

Powder Mill resident Jonathan Nelson preparing to run in November's special council election.

James Vigilante will be sworn in July 10 for the —and he already has a challenger for the upcoming November election he needs to win in order to keep his new position through 2013.

Jonathan Nelson, a Powder Mill area resident, graduate and longtime local businessman with deep roots in the town, announced his intention late Wednesday to run for the council's unexpired term seat.

"I want to give back to the town that raised me," said Nelson, 44, a Democratic committee member frequently seen at council and meetings. 

"There are real important issues in this town that unfortunately have not been addressed," he said.

Those issues, said Nelson, include the water and sewer surplus, the disrepair of municipal roads and what he called the "slow response in replanting township trees lost in last year's freak [October] snowstorm."

"I am also quite concerned about the , the ones hardest hit by Hurricane Irene last summer," said Nelson. "Almost a year later, many of them are still displaced and fearful about what will happen to them. If I'm elected, I want to take an active role in helping them marshal the necessary resources to finally get their lives back to normal."

This is not his first time in the political ring. He ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2005.

Nelson's candidacy has already received the backing of the Parsippany Democratic Party.

"I know he can do a good job, and we need him," said party Chairperson Michael Soriano. "The current council has failed to provide oversight of the mayor and his activities. With fiascos such as the epic mishandling of the so-called Fields of Dreams, the , the blatant nepotism at the expense of the taxpayers, and the failure to investigate the cause of the flooding of Lake Hiawatha after Hurricane Irene, it is clear what is needed on the council is a person who will provide thoughtful oversight and not be swayed by political cronyism.

"That person is Jonathan Nelson."

Former Mayor Marceil "Mimi" Letts said she finds Nelson to be a solid citizen who is sincere about wanting to make a better Parsippany.

"Jonathan knows a lot about the town," said Letts. "Even more importantly, he cares about the important things in the town, mostly about its people, but also its infrastructure and making sure that we have the best possible services provided to us."

And Councilman-elect Vigilante, an Air Force reservist, businessman and past council member who Tuesday won the right to fill the seat only through the end of this year, said he welcomes Nelson to the race.

"I like a challenge," he said.  "I know Jonathan. Good on him. I welcome anyone who wants to participate in the democratic process."

Nelson said he respects his opponent.

"I thank First Sgt. Vigilante for his longtime service to our town and our country," he said. "But it is time for a change to the council.

"Parsippany is in dire need of new energy and new ideas, independence and reason," he asserted. "The council needs to get back to its constitutional role as a check and balance to the executive power, and away from being a 'partner to the mayor.'

"The days of the rubber-stamp council must end."

Paul June 28, 2012 at 07:18 PM
WTF? Then what's preventing another republican or democrat from running in November? Say Milin Shah?
Natalie Davis (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Nothing, if they file in time.
Selene June 29, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Yeah!!!!! A candidate NOT repub crony, good 'ole boy!!!!
parpardon June 29, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Johnathan Nelson, isn't this the guy who failed at running a business? Same old campaign. "I want to to give back to the town that helped me. Can you think of anything better? Water and sewer surplus? Infrastructure? Come on mini Mimi Letts. Mimi Letts did nothing to to improve the infrastructure. Replanting trees is an issue? If that is an issue then Johnathan I would quit now. Johnathan is all of a sudden worried about the Lake Hiawatha residents. Boy, he wasn't so concerned about Lake Hiawatha when it was hardest hit. Johathan another same old same old. Rubber Stamp. Come on can't you think of anything better? The Party Chairman of the Dems has spoken! Michael Soriano gives his rehearsed statement "The current council has failed to provide oversight of the mayor and his activities. Is that the best you can do Mikey. There was no mishandling of the Field of Dreams. In my opinion it was a great idea. Two pending lawsuits. Mikey you happen to fail to identify the huge lawsuit under Mimi Letts, but of course you would she is a Democrat. Mikey the failure to investigate the cause of the flooding in Lake Hiawatha. What an idiot. Mikey is was called a HURRICANE!!! MIKEY DO YOU THINK IT ONLY HAPPENED IN LAKE HIAWATHA!!! MIKEY THE WHOLE STATE FLOODED. Last but not lease political cronyism. The dems have no issues so what they do is use the word crony. The democrats have destroyed NJ and now Gov. Christie is kicking their butts.
Steven Colpar June 30, 2012 at 03:42 AM
You tell 'em Mr. Pardon....Oh you forgot this one... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAy4zULKFDU
VietNam Vet June 30, 2012 at 11:29 PM
The last thing we need is another democrap running for office again, we had enough of Mimi Letts you down, the other corrupt mayor.
Mike P July 01, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I can't believe what I am reading. Are we all Dory from Finding Nemo? Do we all have such short memories about Sgt. Jimmy? Caro Dio! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCjNg-kqt68&feature=plcp
Louise Ciccone July 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
As I understand it, This town has elected only two Democrats in the last several decades. Both were Mayors with all Republican councils, yet somehow the Dems are responsible for all kinds of corruption and town trauma? Personally, I'm more concerned about the allegiance and admiration our current Mayor has for a convicted criminal and former Mayor - Frank Priore. I'm also concerned that everyone seems to be OK with the lack of diversity and originality on our current council. Those five white men (six including the Mayor) do not come close to representing our diverse town. It seems that as long as you're white, Italian and go to the right meetings you can mishandle the public's trust and still be rewarded with higher office.
joe raich July 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Who, and what is Parpardon ??? Mr . Crawford and I demand to know the following: Who are you fronting for, and what rock did you crawl out from under ? I implore Parsippany Patch to refuse your comments as inappropriate and ban whoever you are forever.
Michael Soriano July 02, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Mr. Raich please pay no mind to ParPardon, if he is not man enough to post under his real name we should just ignore him. I know that the flood and its aftermath are a difficult subject for you to discuss, he obviously has very little understanding or sympathy for the residents on this side of town. Besides it is useless to have a polite battle of wits with what is clearly an unarmed and hostile opponent.
parpardon July 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Just as an FYI, I am in fact the world's BIGGEST douchebag.
Michael Soriano July 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Oh come now, parpardon. I have met a lot of DBs in my time and you are relatively tame compared to them. (Actually parpardon is a silly name, I am going to take my lead from you and change your name to "Mr. J") On occasion Mr. J, you do bring up good points, however those points get lost in the personal attacks and name calling. I am sure if you rein that in a bit you might be able to get more people to understand your point of view with greater success.
David Comora July 06, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Good to see the Democrats are fielding a good candidate. It will be nice to see some debates and to even nicer to have at least one elected opposition party member keeping and eye on the the council. Good luck Jonathan.

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