Committeewoman Amalia Duarte was elected on Nov. 7, 2017, with 54% of the vote. She is the first Democrat ever elected to the Mendham Township Committee. Prior to her successful campaign, she volunteered in Mendham as a youth sports coach and served on township and nonprofit boards and was deeply involved with fund-raising for the Ralston Playground.
As a member of the Township Committee, she has has been instrumental in hiring a new part-time Recreation Director; the revitalization of Brookside Beach; and re-opening the Ralston Playground.
She holds regular open Office Hours to continue speaking with residents. She launched and chaired an Ad Hoc Communications Committee, and this group of volunteers produced a report of recommendations in June 2018. The result was a completely redesigned Township Website, a new e-mail newsletter produced on a monthly basis and community forums.
She serves as liaison to Mendham’s first responders: the Brookside and Ralston Engine Companies and the First Aid Squad. She also serves as liaison to the township’s Environmental Commission, Historic Preservation Committee, Mendham TV and the Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee.
She spearheaded the township joining the Morris County Stigma-Free Initiative. She leads the Mendhams Stigma Free Community Task Force, in partnership with Mendham Borough. This broad effort focuses on supporting individuals and families faced with issues around substance use, mental health, special needs and more. She championed the passage of a Welcoming Proclamation and recognition of Autism Awareness Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.
She successfully proposed adding teen-agers as members to the Environmental Commission, Historic Preservation Committee and Parks & Recreation Advisory Committee to give them an opportunity to learn about local government and serve their community.