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Milin Shah Formally Announces Council Bid

The Republican, once a Democrat, said he'll run with Councilman Vincent Ferrara on the mayor's ticket.

Former Parsippany Planning Board member Milin Shah on Friday announced his candidacy for the Township Council.

He said he will run alongside Mayor James Barberio and Councilman Vincent Ferrara, who are seeking re-election. The official announcement of the ticket is expected to come Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel.

Shah, 25 (he'll be 26 in a month), reflected on the time that has passed since his unsuccessful bid for council six years ago.

"I’ve grown and matured quite a bit since my last campaign in 2007," he said via a statement that recounted his background as a law student at Seton Hall University, as an intellectual property specialist for a New York City firm and as a township volunteer and Parsippany Hills High School basketball coach.

"Parsippany is more than just the place I call home," Shah explained. "This is where I grew up, where I’ve met my oldest and dearest friends and where I gained the skills, confidence, tools and resources needed to become a successful young professional.

"Many of my high school friends have asked me, 'Milin, come move in with me in New York or Hoboken,'  'Milin, let’s move down to D.C. or let’s head out to California.' My response has always been the same: Parsippany is the reason I am as successful as I am today, and I’m not going anywhere until I give back to the town that has done so much for me."

Shah said his campaign is about "bringing a fresh perspective to the Township Council."

"I want to be a voice for all the Parsippany residents," he stated. "As an outsider, I have the opportunity to challenge the status quo. I can stand up and say, 'The way it’s always been done is not good enough anymore.'”

He said that if he is elected, his immediate priorities will be to increase revenues for the township, cut unnecessary costs and expenses, be accessible and available to listen to feedback from as many members of our community as possible, generate small business growth in the township and "always put Parsippany and its residents first."

Carol M. February 17, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I think it's great to see young people involved in their community and willing to step up. I also have no problem with the time and different paths it takes during the maturing years for someone to decide about things like politics; life experience and goals play a role here and it's reasonable to see those views evolve over time. I do take serious issue with the middle age politicians in town that flip flop between or away from parties for their own vote count purposes like we've seen from specific TC and BOE candidates but a 20 something coming to terms with his political views is nothing new or sinister and its beyond bizarre to even think that someone would spend their own time, over years, converting one person for some grand scheme. And I realize that everyone comes with their own perspective when accessing supposed motives etc but, if I recall correctly, didn't the Mayor support the appointment of Mr Shah to fill the vacant seat this past summer? How does that play into the ticket maneuvering demographics theory? What I see the Mayor doing here is supporting a young man who has spent his young life working hard on the path to political service and who has pledged to work hard for our benefit. Those are all good things from my perspective and I wish Mr Shah well.
Vic February 18, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Yeah Carol M, I too wish Mr. Shah well in a world where an inept, incapable and desparate mayor doesn't resort to using him solely for the Mayor's own political gain and nothing else. Much like has been said before in this chain, if Mayor Barberio was running in an uncontested primary contest, Mr. Shah's phone would NOT be ringing with Mr. Barberio's voice on the other end -- So Mayor call me, Maybe.... NOT (....ah, unless I got a primary opponent), tee hee hee!!!
VietNam Vet February 18, 2013 at 08:09 AM
Maybe he didn't get voted in 6 years ago for a good reason.
VietNam Vet May 08, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Shah will run on any ticket that will get him elected for the Indian community in town. He came to my house and tried to give a some line about the Mayor helping the people by giving some money back to the people to lower our taxes, until I shut him down, when I said the Mayor is only giving us some of our own money back in an election year to make himself look good. This is our own money that has been held by the Mayor and township for years, to the tune of over 7 million dollars of our hard earned money, give me a break this guy is just as bad as the mayor, another to back the mayor's corrupt agenda. We don't need this kind in the town and more corruption.
VietNam Vet May 08, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I got a mailing in today and I looked it over with each candidates credentials and I looked at Shahs and it says he is, " The Director of Licensing at a leading direct-to-retail and brand licensing company. Now I don't claim to be a genius, but what the hell kind of double talk is that? Is this a fancy way of saying that he doesn't do anything at all, he runs off of Jiggar's coat strings or a director of ???? You figure that one out!!!

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