Township Committeewoman Amalia Duarte Seeks Re-Election to Continue Working on Behalf of the Community

Committeewoman Amalia Duarte is excited to announce that she is seeking re-election to the Township Committee to continue working on issues that are important to residents.

“I am excited for an opportunity to work on behalf of residents; listen to their concerns; and ensure Mendham Township keeps its small-town charm for generations to come,” said Duarte. “It would be an honor to serve my community for another term.” Duarte filed her petition to run for re-election on March 17, with more than three times the number of signatures required. “It’s humbling to see this support for my re-election,” said Duarte. “Residents said they appreciate the work I have put into Township Committee.”
Since first winning election in 2017, Duarte has never missed a Township Committee meeting, and, every year, she has declined the salary that is offered to Committee members.

Duarte first ran for office because she wanted to see a greater focus on recreation, especially rebuilding the Ralston Playground. After winning, the Ralston Playground was rebuilt through township funding, supplemented by a private fundraising campaign Co-Chaired by Duarte.

“The ribbon-cutting at Ralston Playground has been one of the highlights of serving on the Township Committee,” said Duarte. “It’s a great feeling to get something done for the community.”

Duarte cited other initiatives that have benefitted residents, including:
 Improving communications and transparency by holding regular office hours with residents; launching a Communications Committee that helped to update the township’s Website; and starting the town’s first monthly email newsletter, which she writes and publishes.
 Spearheading the establishment of a sub-committee to give residents of Drakewick and Brookrace a voice in decision-making that impacts their neighborhoods. Duarte researched and wrote the Ordinance (local law) to establish a new Sewer Advisory Committee. It includes representatives of Drakewick and Brookrace, along with township officials, who meet on a regular basis to address problems and concerns.
 Starting a program for students to serve on the town’s Environmental, Historic and Recreation sub-committees.
 Advocating for an expanded road maintenance program, and, this year, the township is investing twice as much as in 2022 to repave and fix long-neglected streets.
 Supporting the fiscally conservative financial plan to pay down debt. Voting in favor of every budget.
 Coordinating outreach calls to seniors during the outbreak of COVID in 2020. In early 2021, she facilitated scheduling vaccination appointments for some of our community’s most vulnerable residents.
 Establishing the Mendhams Stigma-Free Task Force, which she continues to Chair, in partnership with Mendham Borough. The Task Force has organized parent workshops on mental health/substance use disorders and sponsors an annual Stomp Out the Stigma Walk in May for Mental Health Awareness Month.
 Organizing local elected officials across the state to endorse a Resolution asking federal officials to restore the State and Local Tax (SALT) deduction. Importantly, Duarte has spoken out against the dangers of over development. She was the only Township Committee member to vote against rezoning the Irene Spring Tree
Farm property to allow for greater development.

“I am not afraid to take a stand on issues that I believe are important to our community. We must maintain our open space and preserve the local environment,” said Duarte. “Residents move to Mendham in large part because of the open space and trails. We have to be careful stewards of our community.”

Looking to the future, Duarte is working on a proposal to reuse the former police station. She launched a town-wide survey and held two Listening Sessions with residents to gain their input. The survey found 70 percent of residents want to see the old station reused for a community purpose, including for meetings, workshops, senior programs, classes and more. She is exploring grant opportunities to fund the project.

During her time on the Township Committee, she has served as liaison to just about all of the sub-committees and volunteer groups, including the Environmental Commission; Fire Department; First Aid Squad; Historic Preservation Committee; Mendham TV; Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee; Police Department; Surrounding Town Outreach; and Shared Courts.

Prior to winning election, Duarte was a longtime community volunteer, primarily in recreation. She was a girls’ basketball and soccer coach for many years and served on the West Morris Soccer Club Board. She was on the Recreation Commission for 12 years and served as the Chair. She was instrumental in launching the annual Mendham Patriots’ 5K Race & Kids’ Fun Run, which has become a township tradition. She also
served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Adjustment and was a member of the Open Space Committee.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Head Start of Morris County; the Board of the Schiff Nature Preserve; is a trustee of Brookside Community Church; volunteers as a Boy Scout Merit Badge counselor; is the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of the Mendhams; serves on the Board for The Sharing Project; and, is a Board member emeritus of the New Jersey Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.

Duarte is a graduate of New York University, with a BA degree in political science and journalism.

Professionally, after a successful career in journalism and corporate communications, she joined the nonprofit sector. She works as the Public Affairs Director for ECLC of New Jersey, a nonprofit that provides “Education, Careers & Lifelong Community” to nearly 900 children and adults with special needs. She serves as Chair of the Public Relations Committee for ASAH, the statewide organization for schools and agencies serving people with disabilities. She has two grown children, who both attended and graduated from the Mendham public schools.

For more information, follow @Duarte4mendham on Facebook. Donate to support Amalia’s campaign! 

Congratulations to Lauren Spirig! 

Congratulations to Lauren Spirig for winning a three-year term on the Mendham Township Committee! Lauren is the second democrat and her win flips the Committee to four women and one man!
Many thanks to Martin Slayne for running as well, and to everyone who canvassed, phone banked, donated, or otherwise supported our slate of Democratic candidates. Want to join our monthly meetings? Email for more information.

Mendham Democrats marching in the Township’s July 4th parade.
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