On June 7, Jack Alai & Julie Meira, running unopposed, won the Democratic Primary officially launching their bid for Council seats in South River.
“Our slate this year is great,” said Tele Koukourdelis, Chairman of the South River Democratic Organization. “These candidates bring with them fresh ideas which will be extremely beneficial to South River. They truly embody what the Democratic Party has been striving for and will work hand in hand with sitting Councilmen Shawn Haussermann and Ryan Jones to do what is right for the residents of South River.”
Jack Alai is a lifelong resident of South River. As Vice Chair of the Economic Development Commission, he helped organize the inaugural Restaurant Week and pushed for ways to make the town more business-friendly. He’s a small business owner, a graduate of Rutgers University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, and the father of two young children. He also serves as a coach for the South River Knights Pop Warner flag football program.
“I’m running because I really love South River, and I have a lot of common sense ideas for how to make the quality of life in town better,” said Alai. “There are a bunch of easy fixes that would go a long way toward making everyday life better for our residents. Then there is a need for long-term planning so that we actually prepare for the future.”
Julie Meira is a former member of the Library Board of Trustees and is also a lifelong resident of South River. She has been a member of the Cultural Arts and Heritage Committee and is a long time member of the Portuguese community’s LAPAC organization. She has two young children and is a coach for the South River Knights Pop Warner cheerleading program.
“I’m running for Council to represent the concerns I hear from people in the community,” said Meira. “I want to help Councilmen Haussermann and Jones change the tone in this town. Raising my two daughters here has shown me how important it is for South River to begin having a friendlier and more welcoming attitude. We are a small community with a big heart, but I think the town has forgotten how to listen to its residents’ concerns. I look forward to meeting with residents in the coming months to hear more about their most pressing issues so I can help give voice to them when elected.”
According to Chairman Koukourdelis, it’s critical that South River have a team committed to curbing spending and improving the quality of life for all residents. “We’re confident Alai and Meira will be part of that team that makes South River a better place to live,” he said.
Councilman Haussermann expressed excitement for the Alai/Meira ticket. “This year we’ve been highlighting the need for better fiscal management so that we can actually invest in our town’s future and increase the value for service in our town. I think Alai and Meira have the right priorities to accomplish this change.”
“All year, I’ve been looking for support,” added Councilman Jones. “Jack [Alai] and Julie [Meira] are expressing the same small changes that save taxpayers money and improve resident experience that I’ve been proposing. Bringing them onto the council will finally result in having the necessary votes to get these smart ideas accomplished.”
This year’s election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. The last day to register to vote is October 18th.